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Follow these tips for dietary choices that can help lower the environmental impact of food production. Eat More Plants, Fewer Animals This is the most important step you can make. Vegetarians and vegans have the lowest carbon footprint, but even cutting back on red meat and poultry can help. Choose more meatless meals, and shift to thinking of meat as a seasoning (not the main event) in dishes like stews, casseroles, and stir-fries. Power Up On Legumes Including more of these proteinrich foods, such as beans, lentils, and peas, because they can replace meat on the plate and they provide natural fertilizer to the soil through nitrogen fixing. Trim Food Waste About 30 to 40% of the US food supply is wasted, which has multiple impacts on the planet. Land, water, energy, and synthetic inputs (fertilizer, pesticides) are used to produce food that will never be consumed. And foods that go to landfills create greenhouse gas emissions. Eat More Whole Foods Highly processed foods require greater energy due to multiple processing steps, packaging, and transportation. Chose whole, minimally processed foods – whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits – most of the time.