Sustainable food choices you can make…
Meat production is responsible for 14-22% of our global greenhouse gas emissions. The whole process—from producing animal feed to transportation—emits carbon and pollutes our environment with harmful chemicals. Plant-based proteins are much healthier, and require one-tenth the fossil fuels to produce.
- Tip: Choose one day a week to go meatless. Instead, get your protein from low-impact foods like quinoa, tofu, black beans, and chickpeas, which have all the essential amino acids.
We waste a quarter of the food we buy. Not only does that mean we’re throwing out hundreds of dollars a year toward food we throw away, but as that food sits in landfills, it produces methane, a major greenhouse gas. To help reduce waste, you don’t need to give up much—just the food you don’t end up eating.
- Tip: Keep perishable items in the front of your fridge so you remember to use them before they go bad!
Ninety-six percent of the water we use every day goes towards making the food and items we use. Just one hamburger takes 2,400L of water to produce! Taking this much water away from rivers makes it harder to flush out pollution, increases flood risk, and harms wildlife
- Tip: Processed foods require much more water to make. Make your own lunch instead of just bringing a pre-packaged meal.
- Find out what’s in season all year by using the CT Grown Crop Availability Calendar.
- Use this guide for CT consumers to find local growers to support.
- The Yale Sustainable Food Project’s Sustainable Food Purchasing Guide: YSFP collaborated with local farmers, institutions, and non-profit groups in the Northeast to create these sustainable food purchasing guidelines in 2007-08. Funding to develop the guidelines was provided by the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.
- The Environmental Working Group’s Meat Eater’s Guide: A brochure outlining the environmental and health costs of meat, and the best alternatives.
- The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch: A seafood search and printable pocket guides to help you choose the most sustainable and healthy fish.
- The Water Footprint Network’s Water Footprint Product Gallery: A guide outlining the water footprint of items ranging from cotton to lettuce to wine. This website also has a neat Water Footprint Calculator!