Food Choices are extremely important for anyone who wants to take climate change action because:

  • Food Choices have a profound effect on greenhouse gas emissions (one study shows as much as 51%).
  • Food Choices are amongst the easiest changes that make a huge difference—the biggest bang for our individual buck

While diet can be a complicated and controversial subject (see Resources below), there are three primary ways that we can impact climate:

  • Reduce or Eliminate meat and dairy; eat more fruits & veggies
  • Eat Locally Grown & Seasonal
  • Eat Organic (or at least synthetic nitrogen fertilizer free, pesticide free)

Within our membership, there are several organizations that can provide information and/or practical assistance with incorporating these Climate Friendly Food Choices into a healthy lifestyle.

Relevant Member Organizations

Advocacy, Info, and more

Animal Rights Rochester
Community Composting
Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-NY)
NY Small Food Producers’ Association
Rochester Area Vegan Society

Sources of Local Food

Abundance Cooperative Market
Brighton Honey
Friends of Brighton Farmers’ Market
Hart’s Local Grocers
Headwater Food Hub
Lori’s Natural Foods
Peacework Organic CSA
Wild Hill Farm

Restaurants serving Local Veg-Friendly Food

Swiftwater Brewing
The Playhouse/Swillburger
Restaurant 2Vine

Resources

MEAT EATING & CLIMATE CHANGE

  1. Study concluding that meat production causes 18% of greenhouse gases:  Livestock’s Long Shadow, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2006
  2. Study concluding that meat production causes 51% of greenhouse gases:  
    Livestock and Climate Change, World Watch Institute, 2009
  3. 80% of food-related greenhouse gas emissions are related to livestock production:  
    What If Whole World Went Vegan?, The Conservation Magazine/Anthropocene, 2016
  4. People Still Don’t Get the Link Between Meat Eating and Climate Change, Scientific American, 2016 
  5. Top 10 Foods with the Biggest Environmental Footprint, Business Insider, 2015

ORGANIC, LOCAL, SEASONAL, SUSTAINABLE?  Oh, my!  

  1. The many factors involved in choosing “climate friendly food”:
    Is Local Food Better?, WorldWatch Institute, 2011
  2. Organic Agriculture May Be Outgrowing its Ideals, New York Times, 2011 
  3. Key Differences Between Organic and Sustainable Food, The Balance, 2016
  4. Five things you can do:
    How To Eat for the Climate, Forbes, 2014

KEEPING CARBON IN THE SOIL

  1. How you can contribute towards
    Soil Carbon Restoration, Northeast Organic Farming Association 
  2. Carbon Farming: Hope for a Hot Planet, Modern Farmer, 2016
  3. Farms Harvest Cuts in Carbon Dioxide via Soil, Scientific American, 2015

ROCHESTER AREA CSA FARMS (COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE)

  1. List from Rochester Vegan Society newsletter– see page 6
  2. List from LocalHarvest.org
  3. Peacework Organic CSA

ROCHESTER AREA FARMERS’ MARKETS

  1. list from RocWiki
  2. Brighton Farmers’ Market
  3. Rochester Public Market
  4. South Wedge Farmers’ Market
  5. Westside Farmers Market