Environmental Tip

Photo outside the library featuring the library sign and a natural planting 8 TIPS TO SUPPORT A SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEM

According to the World Bank, agriculture and related land use changes comprise a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. By adopting what they call “Climate Smart Agriculture” (CSA), we can feed the world’s growing population while reducing stress on the environment, and the people who grow our food.

  • Adopt a plant-based diet. Beef alone counts for almost half of the greenhouse gas emissions in the American diet. Start simple by joining the Meatless Monday campaign and vow to spend one day a week eating nothing but plant-based foods. There are plenty of protein-rich alternatives to meat like beans and tempeh and lots of vegetarian meal ideas on the EarthShare Pinterest page.
  • Waste less food. Did you know that Americans spend $90 billion each year on food that never gets eaten? Follow these tips from NRDC to learn how you can cut down on food waste.
  • Buy organic: “Organic” refers to farming without the use of synthetic chemicals to control bugs or weeds. Use this guide from Environmental Working Group to help you shop for the best toxic-free produce at the grocery store.
  • Support farm workers. Farmworkers frequently encounter abusive labor practices at the hands of unscrupulous employers. Visit Farmworker Justice to learn about the laws and campaigns you can support to ensure the people growing our food lead good lives.
  • Buy local. Farmers markets keep communities healthy and economically strong and save energy by reducing the miles that food has to travel to get to your plate. But there are even more ways to support local food.
  • Tell companies you care. Tell your favorite food company that you’d like them to join the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance to push for more sustainable national food laws.
  • Protect pollinators. Beyond Pesticides and The Center for Food Safety launched the BEE Protective campaign, a national public education effort supporting local action aimed at protecting honey bees and other pollinators from pesticides and contaminated landscapes. You can get involved here.
  • Save farmland. For years, many Americans have watched as farms and ranches in their communities have been transformed into new housing developments, shopping centers, and soccer fields. Between 1992 and 2012, we lost nearly 31 million acres of land. That’s 175 acres an hour, or 3 acres every single minute. Visit American Farmland Trust to find out how we can stop the erosion of our vital farmland.  (Source: EarthShare)

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