Are you a climatarian yet?

Today, almost everyone is willing to eat more fruits and vegetables for health reasons, but are unaware or misinformed about the impact of their food choices on the climate.

Without a change in our diet, it will be nearly impossible to meet the global warming targets by 2030. Food production is responsible for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions.

We are all familiar with the much-discussed ideas, such as reducing meat and dairy consumption. But we also need to address other methods, such as transporting our food and eliminating food waste.

Climatarism

There's a new word that describes this earth-friendly, conscious style of eating: climatarism. It's a much-needed term that helps define and understand "eating with purpose and heart for our planet." This inspires us to think about the food choices we make.

According to climatologists, it is not the type of food you eat that matters, but the ecological footprint you create. The aim is to select foods that have generated the least environmental impact during production and transport.

Livestock has the highest emissions, but fish, seafood, fruits and vegetables have the lowest. Minimizing high-emission foods frees up land for other uses, such as planting trees.

Eat sustainably

And do you wonder why the livestock industry emits so much? The answer is simple. A weekly steak meal for a family of 4 produces 700 kilos of CO2 emissions on an annual basis. To compensate for this, 35 trees have to grow for a year.

Stomach bacteria from cows and sheep released by their farmers produce methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon.

But you don't have to go vegan to help the climate. Try to cut back on red meat. Replace your meat with fish, sustainably farmed salmon, which has a significantly smaller footprint than chicken or pork.

Reduce food waste

Reducing food waste is the biggest impact you can make. Globally, we waste 2.5 billion tons of food every year. Just think how many people we could have made happy with all that food in just one year.

Reducing waste by shopping wisely, eating leftovers, freezing foods, and composting is one of the best ways to reduce waste so you can personally reduce your carbon footprint. Start today!

And if you need inspiration or tips to turn leftovers into tasty meals, take a look at our surprising recipes!

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