The Keys to Eating a Low Carbon Diet
Food production is responsible for around 1/3 of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Transitioning to a low carbon diet can have an impact in reducing worldwide emissions and here are the key changes you need to make to get started.
Reduce Your Meat Consumption
Reducing or cutting meat from your diet will have the most emphatic impact on your diet. Considering the energy and water required in the meat value chain, a significant amount of GHG emissions is reduced when opting out of meat consumption.
Be Afraid of Freight
While importing food from overseas adds to it’s carbon footprint, the importing of foods is not as important as how they are brought in. If it’s possible, eat as locally as you can, and if you can’t eat local, find out how your food is imported in to see if it’s an efficient mode of shipment.
A More Seasonal Approach
Eat foods that are in season. This means you don’t just get the most environmentally produce, but produce that’s high in nutrition and tastes better too.
Don’t Fail to Plan
Around 19% of purchased food is wasted after it makes it to homes and restaurants. Reducing food waste therefore becomes imperative to reduce carbon emissions and reduce emissions from excess food production and waste management.