Climatarian is the healthy, climate friendly, nature friendly diet. With a simple diet shift you can save a tonne of CO2e a year.
We are all aware that increased carbon emissions are drastically changing our planet, including rising temperatures and sea levels, which contribute to more heatwaves, wildfires, drought and storms, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Simple changes to our diet can have positive effects on the environment and our health. Here are some foods you could include in your daily diet that could reduce your effect on the climate:
1. Lentils and beans
More than just a meat alternative, pulses, like lentils and beans, are a good source of protein, nutritious and tasty. Plus, they're good for the environment in that they provide a far higher protein yield per square kilometer than a herd of cattle or flock of chickens, meaning existing farmland can be used more efficiently and untouched forests can be spared.
2. Local and seasonal fruits and veggies
In general, fruit and vegetables have lower GHG emissions compared to animal products such as beef and dairy, in fact as much as 10-50 times lower. Buying locally grown food from your farmer's market is a great way to minimize your environmental impact. Growing your own food takes it to the next level.
3. Whole grains
Grains and other plant foods are far less resource-intensive to produce than animal foods like dairy, eggs and meat. In fact, whole grains require signiﬁcantly less water than just about any other food we consume – which is a big deal when it comes to climate-change resilience and sustainability.
Meat production, particularly beef, requires more land and water, and has higher carbon emissions. Swapping beef for chicken can decrease your carbon footprint by nearly half.
And here are some foods to avoid:
1. Beef and lamb
Beef, mutton and milk production contribute 80% of total greenhouse gas emissions among livestock.
2. Farmed fish
Should I eat farmed or wild salmon? Sam Fox answers in Stanford Magazine.
Increased demand for coffee has resulted in production that contributes to deforestation, heavy water usage and runoff that pollutes waterways and destroys natural habitats.
Sugar production is water-intensive, which erodes the soils and contaminates waterways, damaging sea life ecosystems. Some of the most biodiverse regions on the planet have been cleared for sugarcane production. A dozen countries around the world devote 25 percent or more of all their agricultural land to the production of sugarcane.