How to Reduce Your Food Footprints
For those of you who don’t know, a person’s food footprint is the carbon dioxide emission caused as a result of fulfilling their consumption needs. While what to include in the calculation of food footprint and what not is a long and ongoing debate, we are here to share with you just some ways on how you can reduce the food footprint of your home and positively impact the environment.
1. Buy Locally Manufactured Food
By purchasing locally manufactured food, you not only ensure that you are feeding your family freshly obtained food but also in a way support the local business community. Since you will be purchasing locally manufactured food, you will be reducing carbon emissions associated with transportation and distribution of food from international destinations.
2. Buy and Consume Organic Products
Manufacturing and processing plants are one of the biggest causes of water contamination and soil reduction. Organic foods on the other hand, don’t require synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Hence, they do not contribute to the worsening environmental conditions. However, if the organic food you are consuming reaches you from afar, you may very well be guilty of adding carbon to the environment. This although, depends on from where the food is transported to.
3. Eat Less Meat
When compared to fruits and vegetables, cattle is much more energy and land intensive to produce. To understand it in simpler terms, take the example of a quarter pound of beef for instance. To produce this small portion of meat, the cattle consumes almost four pounds of grain. So, instead of always enjoying meat, try to develop a taste for fruits and vegetables.
4. Ask to Have Your Groceries Delivered
This one is simple yet effective. When you go out to a supermarket to get groceries, you are adding to the food footprint of your entire family regardless of you buying organic or conventionally grown food. But if you have the same groceries delivered to you, you are simply cutting down on the carbon emission from your car. You might be wondering that the delivery would also require some sort of transportation and you are right. But delivery companies do not send out their vans for just one order. They in fact, carry quite a few orders at once and plan routes to save them fuel. This also reduces the food footprint of all the people who ordered to get their groceries delivered.