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Food Choices Matter


Many of us want to take meaningful action to help the planet, and we can! Almost without exception, eating a local and mostly plant-based diet tops the lists of actions that individuals can take to make a positive impact on the environment.

These articles help explain why your food choices matter in a changing climate:


Check out some of the lists from these organizations, which highlight the importance of moving toward a plant-based diet (and might give you some other great ideas!): The Grantham Institute, David Suzuki Foundation, BBC Future, Reset Digital for Good, Quartz, The Years Project, and

Dig into these to get more of a taste for how your food choices can make an environmental difference:

  • Forks Over Knives: How Does Following a Vegan Diet Help the Environment: “Adopting a
    whole-food, plant-based diet isn’t just good for your health: It’s also one of the best things you can do for the environment.”
  • Project Drawdown Plant-Rich Diets: “Plant-rich diets hold enormous potential for climate change
    mitigation if adopted on a global scale. They also tend to be healthier than animal-rich diets. A plant-rich diet  can be adopted incrementally with small behavioral changes that together lead to globally significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”
  • Gaples Institute: “You care about the planet, and you might already reduce, re-use, and recycle. But what you eat could have the biggest impact of all.”
  • PlantStrong: “We envision a world that universally understands, promotes and prescribes plants as the solution to empowering health, enhancing performance, and restoring the environment. ”
  • Climate Healers: “Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change. It is not sustainable or acceptable any more.”