Can What We Eat Change the Climate?
There are so many labels to classify how one eats but most are targeted at personal preference. However, now there is Climatarian for those who eat to reverse climate change. What does a climatarian eat you ask?
- Locally sourced food (to reduce transportation of foods and air pollution from transportation)
- Poultry and Pork (to reduce greenhouse gas)
- Compositing (by returning food to the ground instead of the landfill)
- Avoiding dairy products (to reduce carbon footprint)
Climatarian’s approach to their diet is also healthy as reported in the University of California, Santa Barbara 2017 journal Climate Change, plant-based diets reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. Being a climatarian is a great bridge to veganism.
Take these four starter steps to help the climate and change your health:
- Replace red meat with local poultry from farms
- Substitute dairy with almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk and dairy alternatives
- Reduce food waste by starting a composite in your yard or feeding wildlife
- Source your food from local farms, several local farmer’s markets, local grocers that are based within your state