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Herefordshire Zero Carbon and Nature Rich

The county-wide action plan and how you can make a difference

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The carbon footprint of my diet

Food production is responsible for about one quarter of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions are produced at every stage of the food life cycle, including production, process, transportation and waste.

As stated in a major report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change, as our high consumption of meat and dairy is fuelling global warming. Find out how much your favourite food items are adding to your carbon footprint.

Go Local

Eating locally produced goods reduces the carbon impact of our diets through reduced transportation emissions. See the Love Local map and list of carbon friendly businesses.

For food waste and composting, please see our composting at home page.

Advice on reducing your food carbon footprint: