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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.

How to sustainably feed 10 billion people by 2050, in 21 charts

CURRENT NEWS

Greasy—and good for the planet

By Bill Gates 02/13/24
Cheeseburgers are my favorite food. But I wish they weren’t, given the impact they have on the environment. I’ve tried many of the best meat and dairy replacements out there, and while I’ve had some…
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Here’s what you’re really swallowing when you drink bottled water

By Shannon Osaka 01/08/24
People are swallowing hundreds of thousands of microscopic pieces of plastic each time they drink a liter of bottled water, scientists have shown — a revelation that could have profound implications for human health.
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Eating less meat would be good for the Earth. Small nudges can change behavior

By Jonel Aleccia and Laura Ungar 11/16/23
Preston Cabral eats meat nearly every day at home, but his favorite meals at school are served on “Meatless Mondays” and “Vegan Fridays.”
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Rising El Niño Intensity Sparks Global Food Security Concerns

By Angely Mercado 10/30/23
Global climate shifts this year are likely to disrupt food production throughout the world, straining food security worldwide. A report published this month by scientists associated with Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) explained…
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This Coca-Cola bottler will capture carbon dioxide to put the fizz in its drinks

By Heather Clancy 08/24/23
A first-of-its-kind project under construction at a 51-year-old Coca-Cola bottling facility in Elmsford, New York, is notable both for how it will improve the site’s energy reliability and how it will capture carbon dioxide during…
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The climate wrecking ball striking food supply

By Ayurella Horn-Muller 08/07/23
Extreme weather events and our warming planet are primed to strike commodities and the food supply like never before.
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This Scorching Summer Is Taking a Toll on Your Favorite Foods

By Maryn McKenna 08/04/23
ON THE MAP of the US Drought Monitor, a joint project of federal agencies and the University of Nebraska, colored warnings cover the landscape. It’s abnormally dry in Michigan. Minnesota is in moderate drought. A…
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New York City Commits to 33 Percent Reduction in Food-Based Emissions by 2030 to Combat Climate Change

By Liza Greene 08/02/23
The New York City Mayor’s Office of Food Policy recently announced the city’s public commitment to a 33 percent reduction in food-based emissions by 2030. The announcement comes in response to the city’s first integrated…
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Commodity Insight: Climate change and the cost of food

By Jerry Welch 07/09/23
There is no doubt the grain complex has evolved into a full-blown weather market thanks to above-normal temperatures and below-normal rainfall in the U.S. Grain Belt going into the heart of the growing season.
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20 Beloved Foods That Could Disappear Forever Because of Climate Change

By Colman Andrews 07/09/23
Scientists estimate that July 4th this year was the hottest day on earth since global temperatures were first recorded around 1880, and possibly the hottest in the past 125,000 years. “Looking to the future, we…
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How the Food System Is Changing and What It Means for Investors

By Vildana Hajric and Michael P. Regan 07/08/23
Global shifts in incomes and populations, geopolitics and climate change are combining to drastically alter the outlook for the world’s food supply.
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Study: Crop failure risk is underestimated in climate models

By Ayurella Horn-Muller and Andrew Freedman 07/05/23
Risks of reduced crop yields occurring across major crop-producing regions are vastly underestimated in climate and crop model projections, a new study finds.
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KEY RESOURCES

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.

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;…

MORE NEWS

Tackling climate challenge through food and agricultural innovation

By Ryan Hobert   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…
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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...
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Opinion: Biden isn’t trying to cut meat consumption. But he should.

By Stephanie Feldstein   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…
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Climate Change May Reduce Children’s Diet Diversity

By Christian Fogerty   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…
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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,…
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America has a valuable chance to reimagine our food system as a force to combat climate change

By Paul Lightfoot , Opinion Contributor   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…
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Exclusive: Former UN climate head joins Impossible Foods

By Bryan Walsh   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.
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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.
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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…
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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…
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GEAR ON THE EDGE OF WASHINGTON’S FRONTIER

By Tony K.   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…
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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. A taste for meat has had a particular impact on land. The mass of animals…
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Changing what we eat could offset years of climate-warming emissions, new analysis finds

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

By Doug Johnson   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...
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Eating our way to a healthier planet

By Eve Turow-Paul and Sophie Egan   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,…
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UN: Acute Food Shortages Worldwide May Double Due to COVID-19

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

By Jordan Davidson   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...
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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...
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Climate change could cut fruit production by almost a third, study warns

By Anne Gulland   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....
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Baby fish feast on microplastics, and then get eaten

By Matt Simon   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....
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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,…
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California’s forage wars

09/18/19  
In Mendocino County, these “guerilla gatherers” risk fines and jail time to keep food culture alive....
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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....
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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....
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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   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....
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Climate change is hurting vegan ice cream industry

By Olivia Rockeman   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....
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San Francisco chef’s big win for climate change

07/17/19  
A San Francisco chef has become the first American to win the Basque Culinary World Prize - an award that honors contributions beyond the kitchen.
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Climate Change and Your Food Ten Facts

07/16/19  
Here are ten facts about how a change climate affects our ability to grow food and feed ourselves. Help spread the word about the implications of climate change for global food security: Select a fact, and…
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California’s kids deserve healthy lunches. Here’s how better food can save the planet

By James Cameron and Suzy Amis Cameron   07/08/19  
California has the opportunity to provide healthier and climate-friendly alternatives with Assembly Bill 479
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Choosing chicken over beef cuts our carbon footprints a surprising amount

By Stephen Leahy   06/10/19  
Replacing the carbon-heavy beef on your plate with carbon-light chicken will cut your dietary carbon footprint a shocking amount: in half. That’s according to a first-ever national study of U.S. eating habits and their carbon…
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People eat at least 50,000 plastic particles a year, study finds

By Damian Carrington   06/05/19  
The average person eats at least 50,000 particles of microplastic a year and breathes in a similar quantity, according to the first study to estimate human ingestion of plastic pollution.
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Your Bowl of Rice Is Hurting the Climate Too

By Aine Quinn and Jeremy Hodges   06/03/19  
Eco-conscious consumers are giving up meat and driving electric cars to do their part for the environment, but what about that bowl of rice? Global rice farming, it turns out, could have the same detrimental…
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Food Waste Starts Long Before Food Gets To Your Plate

By Jan Ellen Spiegel   05/06/19  
Food waste is a big deal. A really big deal. Thirty percent of the food produced globally is wasted every year. But hold onto your leftovers. In the U.S., it’s more – 40 percent.
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Is Regenerative Agriculture the Answer to the Guilt-Free Burger?

By Deborah Fleisher   04/19/19  
In sustainability circles familiar with programs such as Meatless Monday and author Michael Pollan’s often quoted words — "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants" — the message to eat less meat is a known adage. The…
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What Restaurants Can Do to Tackle Climate Change?: Can the farm-to-table movement be reignited with a carbon-farming focus?

By Lisa Jennings   04/17/19  
Climate change can seem like an insurmountable problem. But restaurant operators can help reverse the chain of events that have contributed to global warming, contends restaurateur and chef Anthony Myint.
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Your questions about food and climate change, answered

By Julia Moskin, Brad Plumer, Rebecca Lieberman and Eden Weingart   04/04/19  
The world’s food system is responsible for about one-quarter of the planet-warming greenhouse gases that humans generate each year. That includes raising and harvesting all the plants, animals and animal products we eat — beef, chicken, fish,…
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Climate Labels On Food To Become A Reality In Denmark

04/01/19  
The Danish Government has announced that a climate labeling system on food products will accompany its plan to become carbon neutral by 2050. Officials from the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities, and Climate stated that…
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As Awareness Grows About Foods Role In Climate Change What Solutions Exist

By Civil Eats Editors   02/19/19  
After a decade of work to connect food and climate, four experts say the link is being made, but much work remains to be done.
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Investors Join Calls for a Food Revolution to Fight Climate Change

By Georgina Gustin   02/01/19  
A series of new reports shows how climate change is intertwined with the world’s worsening health, and suggests changes in the global food production system.
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Eating meat has ‘dire’ consequences for the planet, says report

By Sarah Gibbens   01/16/19  
There's an entire industry built around dieting. Most of its products are intended to help people lose weight, gain muscle, or live longer. But as the global human population steadily climbs, scientists are scrambling to devise…
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Climate change: The ideal diet to save the planet in 2019

By Lisa Drayer   01/02/19  
By filling your plate with plant foods instead of animal foods this year, you can help save ... Change your diet to combat climate change in 2019.
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Climate Change Food Calculator: What’s your diet’s carbon footprint?

By Nassos Stylianou, Clara Guibourg and Helen Briggs   12/13/18  
Avoiding meat and dairy products is one of the biggest ways to reduce your environmental impact, according to recent scientific studies.
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Climate Change Gets Personal for Shellfish Growers

By Jeremy Deaton   05/03/18  
A great wine is the product of many things, from the strain of yeast used in fermentation, to the variety of wood used in the casks, to the soil, climate and topography of the region…
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The ancient culinary craft of fermentation is bubbling up once again

By Charlotte Du Cann   12/30/14  
“To ferment your food,” declares American food journalist Michael Pollan, “is to lodge an eloquent protest — of the senses — against the homogenization of flavors and food experiences. It’s a way of engaging with…
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Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns

By Christopher Flavelle   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.
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We must change food production to save the world, says leaked report

By Robin McKie   08/04/19  
A leaked draft of a report on climate change and land use, which is now being debated in Geneva by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), states that it will be impossible to keep global…
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Is The Movement To Eat Less Meat Actually Making A Difference?

By Lynn Curry   07/31/19  
Americans are eating less meat and more plant-based foods these days. Here's how it's affecting the environment.
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Meat accounts for nearly 60% of all greenhouse gases from food production, study finds

By Oliver Milman   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…
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