Eating and Shopping: Daily Habits and Climate Change
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Updated on: 28 Jan 2021
As the world gets richer, we are buying and eating a lot more stuff. This has not been good for the planet . Let’s take a look at some of the easiest ways we can reduce this as individuals.
Food and diet
26% of global man-made greenhouse gas emissions come from the production and consumption of food. But not all foods are equal:
To reduce our diet’s carbon footprint the best thing we can do is to adopt a largely plant-based diet. The graph below shows the impact that different diets could have .
What about processing and transport emissions?
People often worry about how far the food they eat has traveled. But transport of food only makes up a small amount of the industry’s overall emissions (5.1% in the US) .