FOOD ACTIONS

Support Sustainable Farms and Fisheries

 
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Support Farms That Protect Natural Resources

We can help the environment by supporting more sustainable farming systems, including grass-fed beef that can help improve soil health and offset some of their greenhouse gas emissions by restoring carbon-rich grassland soils.

Organic farms can also provide some environmental benefits compared to conventional agriculture—especially in terms of animal diversity, soil health, and water. These farms manage soil fertility and crop nutrients through cultivation practices like crop rotations and cover crops, which return nutrients back to the soil and help prevent pests. Organic livestock operations are required to provide animals with outdoor space, and restrict the use of unnecessary antibiotics.

One surprising fact: it turns out that “eating locally,” while great for your community, isn’t a big climate change solution. Eating seasonally-appropriate and local food is a better way to support farmers in your region, but it turns out “food miles” are not a large factor in climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions.

 
 

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Make Ocean-Friendly Choices When You Eat Seafood

Many marine species are under threat of extinction due to decades of industrial overfishing of the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the world’s fish stocks are already overfished, depleted, or extinct. The good news? Making the right seafood choices can help to ensure ocean health and sustainable seafood harvests.

  • Use Seafood Watch

    The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch SeafoodWatch.org program helps us choose seafood that’s fished or farmed less impactfully.

  • Ask the question: “Do you serve sustainable seafood?”

    Let your favorite businesses know that ocean-friendly seafood is on your shopping list, and ask them to support sustainable seafood. These companies in your community play a crucial role in the conservation of ocean resources, and they listen to their customers.