Learn Where Your Food Comes From

If you can pinpoint where your food comes from, you can make more informed decisions to maximize quality, freshness, nutritional value, and reduce environmental impact. Food’s carbon footprint, or foodprint, is the greenhouse gas emissions produced by growing, rearing, farming, processing, transporting, storing, cooking and disposing of the food you eat. By making informed decisions about food, we are able to lower our food’s carbon footprint while saving money and supporting local food systems.

Here are a few things that you can put into action:

  • Learn about some of the history that created our modern food system. An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage is a good place to start.
  • Talk to a farmer. When it comes to learning about your own food, the first place you can look to is directly at the source. A good place to meet farmers is at farmers markets or through CSAs. 
  • Tour an agribusiness or research company.
  • Look at food labels to see where your food is produced, processed, and distributed.
  • Ask questions! The more you know, the better.

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