Food

Videos

The diet that helps fight climate change (video 5:39)

Video: How Beef Farmers Can Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Websites

Food Label Guide (Green America)

UN Food Loss and Waste Database – The database contains data and information from openly accessible reports and studies measuring food loss and waste across food products, stages of the value chain, and geographical areas.

Cool Food Pledge – A movement for food institutions that helps organizations commit to and achieve a science-based target to reduce the climate impact of the food they serve. Members are guided through a three-step approach: PledgePlan, and Promote.

Project Drawdown on food waste

Palm Oil Source: Regeneration

Borneo is burning CNN Special Report. How the world’s demand for palm oil is driving deforestation in Indonesia (2019)

Articles

World’s largest meat company, JBS, increases emissions by 51% in five years despite 2040 net zero climate target, continues to greenwash its huge climate footprint (April 21, 2022) Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy, by DeSmog

Your Questions About Food and Climate Change, Answered (April 15, 2022) New York Times by Julia Moskin et al. – An in-depth, hyperlinked article about all aspects of how your diet affects climate change and what you need to know about eating meat, diary, seafood and produce, and preventing food waste. (NYT has a limited number of freely accessed articles, after which you hit a paywall.)

Yes, plant-based meat is better for the planet: The environmental debate over meatless meat, explained. (Nov 18, 2021) Vox, by Matthew Hayek and Jan Dutkiewicz – In-depth investigative article covering all aspects of the argument for alternative meats.

Animal Agriculture Responsible for 57% of Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Food Production, Study Finds (Sep 15, 2021) EcoWatch by Brett Wilkins – Discusses results from Nature Food study showing Global food production accounts for more than a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, with meat and dairy responsible for twice as much planet-heating carbon pollution as plant-based foods.

Food systems account for more than one third of global greenhouse gas emissions (March 2021) Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations

Climate-Friendly Food Is Easier Than We Think (March 27, 2021)  Edwina Hughes, Richard Waite and Gerard Pozzi, World Resources Institute.

Beyond Meat uses climate change to market fake meat substitutes. Scientists are cautious (Sept 2019) CNBC – “Beyond and Impossible go somewhere towards reducing your carbon footprint, but saying it’s the most climate friendly thing to do — that’s a false promise,” said Marco Springmann, a senior environmental researcher at the University of Oxford.

Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Instead It Unleashed a Catastrophe. (Nov 2018) New York Times Magazine, by Abraham Lustgarten – A decade ago, the U.S. mandated the use of vegetable oil in biofuels, leading to industrial-scale deforestation — and a huge spike in carbon emissions. [This link is good, however, The New York Times limits monthly access if you don’t have an account.]

How to Feed 10 Billion by 2050 Without Destroying the Planet (Oct 2018) EcoWatch

Hot & Hungry: How climate change affects the nutrient content of our food ( Sept/Oct 2018) Mother Earth Living

Climate change will make hundreds of millions more people nutrient deficient.  (August 2018) Nicola Davis, The Guardian.

Climate Change Could Lead to Major Crop Failures in World’s Biggest Corn Regions (June 11, 2018) Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News

Eating Seafood Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, But Some Fish Are Better Than Others (Feb 2018) Ecowatch by Oceana