Are you aware of the impact your shopping choices may have on the environment? 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. Here’s a closer look at this issue.

About 50% of the habitable world is used for agriculture. Agriculture requires 70% of the world’s fresh water supply and that food represents ¼ of all greenhouse gas emissions. Until relatively recently, most of the earth was a wilderness, including grasslands, forests, and deserts. Over the last few hundred years, however, as people have turned to agriculture to grow the food necessary to support human life, wild habitats have been replaced by farmland. 

Livestock requires much more land than crops grown for human consumption. Pastures and farms that grow animal feed account for more than three-quarters of all agricultural land, even though they produce less than 20% of the total calories consumed by people. Eating less meat and using plant-based alternatives could help reduce the number of livestock required to feed people throughout the world and lessen the impact on the environment.

For more ways, you can do your part in protecting our natural world through your food choices, continue reading the infographic below!