How Your Shopping Choices Affect the Environment

Consumers can make a difference and reduce the environmental impact of the food they consume with their shopping choices. Many people don’t realize the tremendous impact that agriculture and the production of food have on the environment, or that they can help lessen that impact with their purchasing decisions.

Buying locally produced food can help you reduce your overall grocery carbon footprint, as can choosing companies that use sustainable packaging. Food packaging combined with food make up almost half of all municipal waste. And with less than 1/3 of packaging being compostable or recyclable, your decision to only buy food with sustainable packaging can make a big difference. Your decision can keep food packaging out of landfills where they take hundreds of years to degrade and leach chemicals into soil and groundwater while they do.

For more on demands that agriculture place on our earth and what you can do to help alleviate those stresses, continue reading below.