The choices we make about the type of food we eat, where it is grown, and how it is prepared and disposed of have a considerable impact on the environment. Certain foods create more carbon emissions during production and require more natural resources and chemicals than others. In addition, each year Americans throw away 30 percent of all food—worth about $48.3 billion. Air pollution from the burning and burying of this waste in landfills only further harms the environment and your health.

Modifying your eating habits, purchasing in-season and locally-sourced food, and saving or composting leftovers can help reduce negative environmental impacts and guide you to a more sustainable lifestyle. Read on to learn more.

Did you know that global food production accounts for approximately 30 percent of the world’s total energy consumption?
Organic agriculture can significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Buying local food not only helps local farmers thrive, it reduces energy consumption.
Take charge of your greenhouse gas emissions by composting food scraps.
Utilizing 25 percent of all habitable land, global food production is the single largest driver of biodiversity loss and land-use change. Moreover, food production is responsible for 80 percent of deforestation and 70 percent of fresh water consumption.