Giving Compass' Take:
- Writing for Food Tank, Elizabeth S. Eaton highlights actions you can take to help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of food systems.
- What can you do to help bring about more equitable and sustainable food systems globally?
- Read more about the role of food systems in climate change.
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As a research and advocacy nonprofit, Food Tank knows just how intertwined food and agriculture systems change is with the climate crisis. A study from the European Union Joint Research Centre and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) finds that food systems are responsible for a third of all human-made greenhouse gas emissions.
It can feel overwhelming to take the first step towards a more climate-friendly life — and to demand the same from your local businesses and governments. That’s why Food Tank has put together a list of local and global actions that you can take to help create a better food future. Whether you are local to Scotland, someone who traveled abroad to the Fringe Festival, or a longtime fan of Food Tank, we have ways that everyone can get involved!
1. Learn how to reduce your food waste.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that about one-third of the food produced around the world is lost or wasted, amounting to a financial loss of about US$1 trillion annually. To do your part in combatting food waste, the agency recommends planning your meals in advance, buying only what you need, creatively repurpose leftovers and being aware of use-by dates. Eliminating food waste could reduce global carbon emissions by eight to 10 percent. Through WFP, supporters can efficiently fight hunger by wasting less food and turning their savings from that positive practice into lifesaving food for those who need it most.
2. Buy more local and seasonal food to eat sustainably.
By purchasing food that’s grown locally, you’re cutting back on carbon emissions from transportation. Plus, you’re supporting your local economy!
Read the full article about fighting climate change with food by Elizabeth S. Eaton at Food Tank.