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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.

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