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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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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  
   

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  
   

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…

Food Monopolies Are Affecting The Future Of How We Eat

12/01/20  
The food we grow and eat influences every aspect of our cities, our communities and ourselves. But in a world of global food monopolies, how can we future-proof food?

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.

How Four Years of Trump Reshaped Food and Farming

11/02/20  
In the midst of a global pandemic, a rushed Supreme Court confirmation, and a reckoning with racial justice, food and farming have been on the back burner in the 2020 presidential election.

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…

The Pandemic Has Given Organics a Big Boost—but Most Profits Aren’t Flowing to Small Producers

10/23/20  
When COVID-19 forced communications consultant Kyle Freund and his wife to work from home this spring, the Madison, Wisconsin couple and their 5-year-old daughter began seeking out organic produce from small local farms. They stopped…

Nutrition Education is Helping Low-Income Families Eat Healthier

10/20/20  
In addition to math and reading lessons, many third graders in Alabama’s low-income communities learn about nutrition from animated characters like Shining Rainbow, who loves colorful vegetables, and Muscle Max, who eats plenty of lean…

‘Gather’ Centers Efforts to Heal and Rebuild Indigenous Traditions and Foodways

10/14/20  
Director Sanjay Rawal is the first to admit that he, the First Nations Development Institute, and the half dozen Indigenous-led partner organizations they worked with to make the new documentary Gather, didn’t set out to…

12 Native-Owned Food Businesses to Support on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

10/12/20  
Today, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we celebrate and honor the original Americans. To be Indigenous means to be inextricably intertwined with one’s homeland since time immemorial. Entire societies and cultures were and still are organized,…

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…

Kamala Harris Brings Food Justice to the Democratic Ticket

08/18/20  
Just four days before Senator Kamala Harris became the first woman of color chosen as the running mate of a major U.S. political party’s (presumptive) presidential...

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Produce Prescriptions are More Important—and Popular—Than Ever.

08/13/20  
Since 2019, the VeggieRx produce prescription program in Chicago has offered food-insecure residents with diet-related illnesses free local produce every week. Patients receive prescriptions from primary care physicians and dietitians, and can pick up a…

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 component of batteries that run EVs and other modern…

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 raise the number of people facing acute food shortages…

Could Mushrooms Help Us Fight the Climate Crisis?

By Jordan Davidson  Photo: Katy Ayers   04/20/20  
Mushrooms have a remarkable ability to absorb carbon amongst their many other industrial, nutritional and pharmaceutical benefits.   Just recently, a student in Nebraska built a fully functional canoe out of mycelium, the dense, fibrous…

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 not discussing the environmental impacts of their diets with…

Thousands Of People Are Growing ‘Climate Victory Gardens’ To Save The Planet

02/06/20  
Around the country, people are growing food to tackle the climate crisis.

Golden Globes will serve plant-based meal at awards ceremony

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

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.

Study Finds ‘Underexplored Vulnerability in the Food System’: Jet Stream-Fueled Global Heat Waves

12/10/19  
Researchers have pinpointed a previously underexamined threat to global food production, and they warn it will only get worse as the climate crisis intensifies.NoneThe study, published in Nature Climate Change Monday, found that specific wave…

Baby fish feast on microplastics, and then get eaten

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.

A Coffee Crisis Is Brewing And It Could Make Your Morning Joe Less Tasty

10/16/19  
Climate change, disease and poverty threaten the global coffee industry.

New Initiative Aims to Mobilize the Restaurant Industry to Fight Climate Change

10/09/19  
By Lindsay CampbellAnthony Myint believes that you can use food to fight climate change.The San Francisco chef has a new project in the works. In January, Myint hopes to formally launch Restore California, a joint…

Big Meat Is Coming For Your Vegan School Lunch

10/03/19  
The beef industry has a bone to pick with policies that support vegan school lunches.

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,…