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Local, seasonal, less meat: Reduce the carbon footprint of your food

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Fewer plane trips, using public transport and careful use of water are well-known ways to help combat climate change – but too many of us forget just how much a difference we can make by altering our eating habits. Eating less meat and buy organic food sums it up, says Michael Bilharz of Germany’s Federal Environment Agency. “We should definitely eat less meat,” says author Malte Rubach, though he adds, “no one has to become an ascetic.” For people in the West, food can account for up to a third of a household’s carbon footprint. In a European country like Germany, the average carbon footprint…

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