Our Food Choices

Our food and consumer goods are smaller sources of climate pollution on Vancouver Island than transportation and buildings, but they are still significant, especially from a consumption-based emissions perspective.

Food accounts for 19% and materials for 9% of our community consumption-based emissions, so reducing their impact will help us to lower our environmental impact. 

To become more climate friendly, we can:

  • Eat more healthy plant-based food
  • Reduce our food waste
  • Support our local farms, which contribute to our food security

Zero Mile Diet Cookbook: Seasonal Recipes for Delicious Homegrown Food

Oh She Glows: Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out

Did you know that over 60% of edible food is wasted in Canada? For the average Canadian household this amounts to 140 kilograms of wasted food, and a cost of over $1,100 a year! Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca for great tips about meal planning, food storage, and more.

Avoidable Food Waste

Choose Lower Impact Foods

Climate pollution is generated at every step of the food system, including:

  • Production:
    • Land use change for crop and pasture land (e.g. deforestation, soil management)
    • Energy used in farm vehicles and buildings (e.g. greenhouses)
    • Production and use of fertilizers, pesticides, and other inputs
    • Animals (methane from manure and from enteric fermentation from cows and other ruminants)
  • Food processing and refrigeration
  • Transportation
  • Home and restaurant cooking (consider an electric induction stove!)
  • Waste 

Emissions from different food types in Saanich

The impact of different kinds of food

Did you know that only 7% of food’s total climate pollution comes from transportation? The kind of food we eat makes the biggest difference. This Protein Scorecard from the World Resources Institute shows the different emissions from different food choices. 

carbon footprint food supply chain

Support local food production to improve food security

The climate crisis is affecting agricultural production. Increasing local food production, by supporting local farmers and by growing our own food, is an important step forward.

Supply change management 

There is a vast difference in the climate pollution produced by various food types, as this chart shows:

Grow Your Own Food, Support Local Farmers

Kiss the Ground (Netflix and Vimeo)

The Biggest Little Farm (Netflix)

The Zero-Mile Diet: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Organic Food

More Resources

WWF’s Planet-Based Diets Impact & Action Calculator enables you to see what changes you can make to your diet to reduce its impact in your country

The Saanich Carbon Calculator will show how many much climate pollution you produce in a year. The lower your pollution, the less is your impact on our planet’s climate. 

Thanks to the District of Saanich for their information on food waste, lower-carbon foods and supporting local food production

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