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Anyone who eats has the ability to affect Climate Change. Anyone who makes food for others is on the frontlines. As you make your own food decisions, all of these choices will make a difference. Some things to think about:

With the bombardment of media telling you what you should and shouldn’t do (a little like our own list above), it can feel daunting. Getting good at taking actions to combat global warming is a bit like deciding to go on a diet and then struggling to stick to it. We don’t expect you to do everything every day even if your intentions are terrific. We just hope you keep coming back and setting yourself yet another goal. And, you are not alone in wondering what difference you, as an individual, can actually make. But, consider bees building a honey hive or voters electing a president. In both cases, there are lots of individuals taking small actions and achieving monumental things.

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Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems

10/06/20
Food systems have the potential to nurture human health and support environmental sustainability; however, they are currently threatening both.

Focus on Food Would Help Solve Climate Change, Says Study

02/18/20
A paper released today presents a new global food system approach to climate-change research that brings together agricultural production, supply chains and consumption. ...

Regenerative Farm Map

02/06/20
Click any pin on the map to view more information about specific farms. This is the easiest way to find local farms in your area selling regenerative products.

Nutrient Variation in Our Food Supply

02/05/20
The final report from the Real Food Campaign 2018 Survey is now online. The full analysis might be long, but is worth the read, and we invite your feedback! We've also uploaded a video walk-through…

QUIZ: How Does Your Diet Contribute to Climate Change?

01/09/20
See how your food choices compare with those of other Americans.

Center for Food Safety

06/24/19
The Center for Food Safety (CFS) developed the Cool Foods Campaign to show food can be part of climate solutions. The campaign emphasizes eating fresh, unprocessed foods; buying local and seasonal products; choosing organic fare;…

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Foraging On Oregon’s Central Coast

By Tony Kastelnik  Photo: Justin Myers   11/12/21  
In 1959 author Jean Craighead George released the adventure novel My Side of the Mountain. The book tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who runs away from home and lives off the land in…

A recipe for fighting climate change and feeding the world

By Sarah Kaplan  Photo: Chase Castor   10/12/21  
“It’s so different from anything I’ve baked with,” says my baking partner, Jenny Starrs. We’re standing in the tiny kitchen of my D.C. apartment, examining palmfuls of a dark, coarse, rich-scented flour. It’s unfamiliar because…

The Impact of Eating Habits on Sustainability: Going Green in the Kitchen and Beyond

10/11/21  
As our planet faces the challenges of climate change, population growth, and dwindling natural resources, many people are looking for ways to take small steps to make a big difference. This can mean familiar measures…

The most comprehensive study ever reveals which are the greenest ‘blue foods’

By Emma Bryce   10/08/21  
What is the role of fish in a sustainable food future? Compared to other food groups, we have limited knowledge about the environmental impact of blue foods when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions and…

Nestlé, Campbell Soup ‘highly exposed’ to climate risks, investor group warns

By Chris Casey  Photo: Scott Olson via Getty Images   09/29/21  
Major food players including Nestlé, Campbell Soup, Nissin Foods, Ajinomoto and Kerry Group ranked among 50 large companies that are "highly exposed" to the physical effects of climate change relative to other businesses in the sectors…

Meat accounts for nearly 60% of all greenhouse gases from food production, study finds

By Oliver Milman  Photo: Jim West/Alamy Stock Photo   09/13/21  
The global production of food is responsible for a third of all planet-heating gases emitted by human activity, with the use of animals for meat causing twice the pollution of producing plant-based foods, a major…

A third of the food we produce is thrown away. An app is trying to change that by connecting consumers to extra food at a bargain price.

By Maya Mokh  Photo: Terrance Antonio James , Chicago Tribune   08/09/21  
At the end of a given day, restaurants, markets and other food stores often have leftover food that is still perfectly good, but can no longer be sold the next day. That food often gets…

Is Lab Meat About to Hit Your Dinner Plate?

By Tom Philpott  Photo: Sergei Karpukhin , Getty Images   08/02/21  
For at least a century, people have dreamed of being able to dine on plentiful meat without having to worry about the labor exploitation, environmental destruction, and animal cruelty that go along with it. In 1932,…

Man v food: is lab-grown meat really going to solve our nasty agriculture problem?

By Jan Dutkiewicz and Gabriel N Rosenberg  Photo: Svetlana-Cherruty   07/29/21  
Americans will eat about 2bn chicken nuggets this year, give or take a few hundred million. This deep-fried staple is a way of profiting off the bits that are left after the breast, legs and…

How Simple Mills Is Supporting Regenerative Agriculture

By Sami Grover   07/29/21  
When frozen potato giant McCain committed themselves to regenerative agriculture, I noted that these signs of positive progress should be tempered with a note of caution: Just like buzz words like “net-zero,” definitions of regenerative agriculture…

The total health and climate consequences of the American food system cost three times as much as the food itself

By Laura Reiley  Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg   07/16/21  
The true cost of food is even higher than you think, a new report out Thursday says. The United States spends $1.1 trillion a year on food. But when the impacts of the food system…

Giant Eagle targets net-zero carbon emissions

By Russell Redman   07/14/21  
Regional grocer Giant Eagle aims to reduce its climate impact by achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

Krasdale Foods plans one of New York City’s largest solar projects

By Russell Redman   07/13/21  
Krasdale Foods plans to add a solar power system to the roof of its Hunts Point warehouse, which the grocery wholesaler described as the largest solar project in the New York City borough of the…

Will the U.S. Ban PFAS in Food Packaging?

By Tom Perkins   06/03/21  
Since they were developed around the middle of last century, PFAS have been hailed by multiple industries as miracle chemicals. Not only could they stop rain from soaking through fabric, but they could also prevent…

Plants in, beef out: restaurant menus are adapting to climate-friendly eating

By Mike Dorning and Bloomberg   05/16/21  
Eleven Madison Park, a top Manhattan restaurant, is going meatless. The Epicurious cooking site stopped posting new beef recipes. The Culinary Institute of America is promoting “plant-forward” menus. Dozens of colleges, including Harvard and Stanford,…

Climate change threatens one-third of global food production

By Aalto University   05/14/21  
Climate change is known to negatively affect agriculture and livestock, but there has been little scientific knowledge on which regions of the planet would be touched or what the biggest risks may be. New research…

One-Third of Global Food Production Threatened by Climate Change

By Aalto University  Photo: Matti Kummu/Aalto University   05/14/21  
Climate change is known to negatively affect agriculture and livestock, but there has been little scientific knowledge on which regions of the planet would be touched or what the biggest risks may be. New research…

Third of global food production at risk from climate crisis

By Fiona Harvey  Photo: Alamy   05/14/21  
Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have calculated that about 95% of current crop production takes place in areas they define as “safe climatic space”, or conditions where temperature, rainfall and aridity fall within certain…

Restaurant-led agriculture effort aims to fight climate change

By Michael Elizabeth Sakas   05/09/21  
Most ranchers sell their cattle to a meat company for the going price, so there’s often little profit or incentive to invest in significant environmental improvements to their land. Something as simple as planting trees…

Tackling climate challenge through food and agricultural innovation

By Ryan Hobert  Photo: Thinkstock   05/06/21  
Buried among the flurry of announcements made at the Leaders Summit on Climate was a new initiative to address a substantial driver of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: food systems. One-third of global emissions come…

Researchers look to solve food production challenges due to climate change

By Jamie Warren   05/04/21  
Former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan says at the local level, drought and wildfires are the most significant threats to Arizona ranchers...

Opinion: Biden isn’t trying to cut meat consumption. But he should.

By Stephanie Feldstein  Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg   04/30/21  
The spark that ignited this right-wing meat fury was an analysis of the climate benefits of Americans eating less beef, which the Daily Mail falsely connected to the president’s climate plan. But the report, from…

Climate Change May Reduce Children’s Diet Diversity

By Christian Fogerty  Photo: JLUrrea   03/02/21  
Researchers synthesize climate and health data to statistically quantify the relationship between diet diversity and climate variables.When it comes to improving nutrition in marginalized communities, education and infrastructure are some of the first investment targets…

Your food isn’t as sustainable as you thought—how can you do better?

02/28/21  
From the heavy carbon and water footprints to the vast amount of deforestation, the food industry has left quite a negative impression on the environment. The irresponsibilities of the industry have resulted in large-scale environmental degradation due to food production,…

America has a valuable chance to reimagine our food system as a force to combat climate change

By Paul Lightfoot , Opinion Contributor  Photo: Tetona Dunlap/The Washington   02/27/21  
Imagine a world where the United States has improved our food system so that it actually draws carbon from the atmosphere rather than adding to it, provides nutritious and affordable food for every American, and gives our…

Exclusive: Former UN climate head joins Impossible Foods

By Bryan Walsh  Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty Images   01/15/21  
Christiana Figueres, an architect of the Paris climate agreement, will be joining the board of alternative protein startup Impossible Foods, Axios has learned.

What if the United States stopped eating meat?

By Frank Mitloehner   12/04/20  
If Americans’ gave up meat and other animal products, would that solve our climate crisis? Research says no. In fact, it continues to demonstrate giving up meat would be a woefully inadequate solution to the…

14 Stories of Resiliency and Food Justice in Indigenous Communities

By The Civil Eats Editor   11/25/20  
This year, Thanksgiving is fraught for many reasons, chief among them the ongoing and escalating crisis of the coronavirus pandemic. Many families have canceled or limited travel and festivities, and some are only gathering virtually.

Cutting Greenhouse Gases From Food Production Is Urgent, Scientists Say

By Henry Fountain   11/05/20  
Rising greenhouse gas emissions from worldwide food production will make it extremely difficult to limit global warming to the targets set in the Paris climate agreement, even if emissions from fossil-fuel burning were halted immediately, scientists reported Thursday. But…

Health and environmental experts are coming for your gas stove

By Hannah Sparks   10/29/20  
But natural gas combustion isn’t just bad for Earth’s atmosphere. Researchers at the Rocky Mountain Institute, a nonprofit advocacy organization for sustainability, have revealed that toxins, such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde, are collecting inside…

GEAR ON THE EDGE OF WASHINGTON’S FRONTIER

By Tony K.  Photo: Wild Human   10/29/20  
A good gear shop can be like a temple for adventure seekers. There are unmistakable signs of the wild on the weather-worn buildings that compel passers-by to stop. The old skis crossed and mounted on…

Got Beef? Here’s What Your Hamburger Is Doing To The Climate

By David Vetter  Photo: Alliance/Getty Images   10/05/20  
The ethics of killing animals for their meat have been debated for centuries. But in recent years, the looming specter of climate change has given meat eaters an additional dilemma to consider: cattle and dairy…

Interactive: What is the climate impact of eating meat and dairy?

By Daisy Dunne   09/14/20  
Food production accounts for one-quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and takes up half of the planet’s habitable surface.

Changing what we eat could offset years of climate-warming emissions, new analysis finds

by New York University  Photo: by New York University   09/07/20  
Plant protein foods—like lentils, beans, and nuts—can provide vital nutrients using a small fraction of the land required to produce meat and dairy. By shifting to these foods, much of the remaining land could support…

Can cabbage boost the environmental friendliness of lithium-ion batteries?

By Doug Johnson  Photo: iStockphoto.com/kupicoo   06/10/20  
Although the economics have yet to pencil out, scientists are exploring the use of phytomining to help meet the world's increased demand for lithium, a key...

Eating our way to a healthier planet

By Eve Turow-Paul and Sophie Egan  Illustration: Michael Parkin for The Washington Post   05/15/20  
Yeast, vegetable seeds and local farm boxes are new hot-ticket items. Windowsill scallions are having their moment in the sun. People are exchanging tips on how to use every bit of food in the fridge,…

UN: Acute Food Shortages Worldwide May Double Due to COVID-19

By Jordan Davidson  Photo: Pallava Bagla / Corbis via Getty Images   04/21/20  
A stark new assessment from the UN's World Food Program (WFP) found that the economic implications from the economic downturns due to the coronavirus crisis might...

What’s Eating America

By Andrew Zimmern   02/24/20  
In a new, five-episode series What’s Eating America, award-winning chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern explores the most provocative social and political issues impacting voters through the lens of food. What’s Eating America premieres Sunday,…

Most Americans Don’t Consider Environmental Impacts of Food Choices, but Are Willing to Eat More Plants, Study Finds

By Jordan Davidson  Photo: TommL / Getty Images   02/14/20  
Recent books like We Are the Weather advocate for considering how our dietary choices affect the climate crisis, but new research shows that most Americans are...

Golden Globes will serve plant-based meal at awards ceremony

By Jonathan Landrum Jr   01/02/20  
The Golden Globes, known as the “party of the year," is going with a meatless menu for its 77th annual awards show. Guests will be served a 100% plant-based meal just...

Climate change could cut fruit production by almost a third, study warns

By Anne Gulland  Photo: Legnan Koula/Rex   12/21/19  
Climate change is threatening the world’s fruit production with yields of grapes, bananas and soft fruit such as peaches at risk of plummeting by almost a third, a study has found....

Baby fish feast on microplastics, and then get eaten

By Matt Simon  Photo: Jonathan Whitney/NOAA Fisheries   11/12/19  
Fish larvae off the coast of Hawaii are mistaking tiny pieces of plastic for prey, an alarming finding with big implications for the oceanic food web....

Now when you get uni in your sushi, you could be stopping climate change

09/30/19  
Sea urchins love to eat kelp. Kelp loves to sequester carbon. Now sea urchin farmers are removing hungry urchins from kelp fields in California, raising them in captivity to fulfill the world’s hunger for sushi,…

California’s forage wars

09/18/19  
In Mendocino County, these “guerilla gatherers” risk fines and jail time to keep food culture alive....

Beyond Meat uses climate change to market fake meat substitutes. Scientists are cautious

By Emma Newburger and Amelia Lucas   09/02/19  
While companies selling imitation meat boast of the environmental benefits, some climate researchers say that the carbon footprint of those products are significantly higher than real plant-based diets....

Impossible’s grocery rollout gets activist group objection

08/31/19  
The Impossible Burger plans to make its way onto supermarket shelves as soon as next month, but an environmental group is trying to stand in its way....

Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns

By Christopher Flavelle  Photo: Luis Tato/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images   08/09/19  
The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself.

World food security increasingly at risk due to ‘unprecedented’ climate change impact, new UN report warns

08/08/19  
More than 500 million people today live in areas affected by erosion linked to climate change, the UN warned on Thursday, before urging all countries to commit to sustainable land use to help limit greenhouse…
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Climate change could threaten your cuppa

By Sarah Derouin  Photo: Dan Lundberg   08/05/19  
The effects of climate change, including warmer temperatures and variable rainfall, may threaten the tea plantations of Sri Lanka within the next 30 to 50 years....

Climate change is hurting vegan ice cream industry

By Olivia Rockeman  Photo: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg   08/05/19  
Vegan ice cream is a hot commodity these days. But violent storms that have devastated farms in Southeast Asia are threatening to take away one of its best ingredients - coconuts....