Climate change and our food
Recently the IPCC released their latest report on climate change. Take home messages: the climate is changing much faster than we thought, human influence on this is big, and we need drastic measures soon. Climate change also has consequences for food security. In 2019, the IPCC published a Special Report about this matter. This report mentions a few food-related things you can do yourself to reduce your environmental footprint. The top three: avoiding food waste, reducing overconsumption and changing your diet.
Did you know food waste was responsible for eight to ten per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions between 2010 and 2016? Additionally, this cost around one trillion US dollars per year. Therefore, this is a good place to start if you want to contribute to the environment yourself. You could start by buying ‘’buitenbeentjes’’ or make your own broth from food scraps.
You can reduce overconsumption by not buying more food than you need. Check your pantry before going grocery shopping. This way you never purchase too much. Furthermore, you throw away less food, which leads to less food waste.
Choosing more plant-based foods can make your diet more environmentally friendly. Red meat in particular requires a lot of land and water. Replacing meat by plant-based protein sources, such as beans, saves many resources. If you cut out meat and dairy from your diet, you reduce your carbon footprint by almost 75 per cent. Swapping your pulled pork sandwich for our Pulled Peel is a good example. This way, you also contribute to less banana peel food waste!