If we are what we eat, then by being a climatarian, you are saving the planet with your food choices every day.
What’s a Climatarian?
Okay, so if you’re not sure what a climatarian is, here’s a crash course: a climatarian is someone who makes food choices based on their positive influence on the planet while ditching foods that cause it strain. For example, climatarians:
- Won’t eat foods that have a high carbon footprint, such as meat.
- Choose foods that don’t require a large amount of resources, such as water, to be produced.
- Eat foods that are locally produced as much as possible so that they don’t notch up lots of carbon miles to get from farm to plate.
- Try to cut down food waste as much as possible.
How Climatarians Beat Food Waste
People waste a lot of food. A report by the United Nations Environment Progamme (UNEP) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) found that almost a third of food that’s produced worldwide goes to waste in food production and consumption. Climatarians help to fight this by trying to deal with food in such a way that as little of it as possible goes to waste. This can include using fruit peels as compost after you’ve enjoyed the fruit; storing food leftovers so they can be eaten in new meals; and taking care when peeling veggies and fruits to prevent cutting out too much of their flesh.
To be fully climate-friendly you should pay more attention to how your food is made, where it comes from and not waste it
Earth-Friendly Diets: Do They Go The Distance?
Are you a climatarian if you’re vegetarian or vegan? Sure, you’re avoiding animal products that take their toll on the planet – animal agriculture contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than the transport sector, for instance. But, to be fully climate-friendly you should pay more attention to how your food is made, where it comes from and not waste it. All of this contributes to greater earth-friendly practices that make a huge difference to the state of our planet. And it’s empowering to know it starts on your plate.