“The production of food and the supply chain take up to an estimated 19% of energy used in the US, and the energy sources used are most often non-renewable.”
“By decreasing the amount of processed foods as well as eating a diet that contains less meat, you can decrease your carbon footprint as well as your waistline.”
Start your own garden or grow a few of your favorite foods indoors.Growing your own food can help cut the cost of the grocery bill. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars a month at the grocery store on foods that don’t really nourish you, spend time in the garden, outside, exercising, learning to grow your own food.” Livestock is responsible for approximately 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, and 30% of the word’s total ice-free surface is used to raise grains, fruits and vegetables to feed the chickens, pigs and cattle we eat. Eating a vegetable-based diet has been consistently proven to be better for long-term health, and eating seasonally benefits local farmers, reduces our carbon footprint and makes for more diverse and exciting food choices. Erin Gleeson discovered this when she relocated to Northern Californian. Her book, The Forest Feast, inspired by the abundance of local ingredients there, features approximately 100 vegetarian recipes that call for only three or four ingredients and require very few steps.