Americans throw out as much as 40% of the food we grow, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

From food production and transportation to packaging and waste, the food we buy, consume, and throw out impacts every part of our environment, including the air we breathe. When we make responsible food choices, our health, our environment and our communities benefit.

  • Avoid using drive-thru lanes to minimize time spent running your car.
  • Purchase sustainably sourced foods.
  • Eat at restaurants within walking distance to cut down on car travel.
  • Purchase locally produced foods, which require minimal amounts of transportation, thus generating fewer emissions. 
  • Bring lunch in reusable or biodegradable containers.
  • Only purchase food you will actually consume. You’ll help prevent the unnecessary use of energy in food production and reduce waste.