Climate change - Eat

You can reduce climate change when deciding what to eat...

Every time you eat meat you make choices that affect climate change. The way your food is raised, slaughtered, and the miles it travels will have an impact on the environment and climate change.

Our food is trucked across the country, hauled in freighter ships over oceans, and flown around the world. A tremendous amount of fossil fuel is burned to transport foods such long distances, releasing carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and other pollutants that contribute to global climate change, acid rain, smog and air and sea pollution. While transporting these products, refrigeration is also required causing more fossil fuel to be used. Buying local meat, poultry, and dairy means less miles for food to travel.

For more information on buying local meat, poultry, and dairy visit:

  • Eat Well Guide - The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory for anyone in search of fresh, locally grown and sustainably produced food in the United States and Canada. Listings include family farms, restaurants, farmers’ markets, grocery stores, Community Supported Agriculture programs, U-pick orchards and more.
  • 100 Mile Diet - Find frequently asked questions about the 100 mile diet, how to get started, and resources to help you find local food.

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