More and more people are waking up to the impact that their daily habits are having on the planet. Many have chosen to take on a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle by taking public transportation to work instead of driving, other are installing low-flow shower heads and rain barrels to reduce their water footprints. There are incredibly simple ways that we can all do our part to reduce our personal footprint on the planet, but one astoundingly powerful step we can all take is one that most people overlook: our diet.

That’s right. As we’ve said before and are sure to say countless times again, the fight against climate change starts on your plate. Who knew that helping to solve one of the world’s largest challenges could be so delicious, huh? Many studies agree that following a plant-based diet is the best way to lessen both your water and carbon footprints – not to mention all the good it does for the billions of farm animals suffering in factory farms. The fact is, the global diet trends are showing a shift towards a more meat-centric diet, which is proving to be wildly detrimental to our planet. The expansion of grazing livestock coupled with the increase in the amount of land needed to grow food for livestock is driving deforestation and habitat degradation across the planet. And sadly, this isn’t the only cause of environmental destruction linked to our industrialized food system.

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If you’re serious about climate change, maybe you should consider taking a look at how the foods you eat impact the planet as well! To help you along the way, check out these top 10 environmental offenders you should avoid:

1. Beef

Are You Taking a Bite Out of the Environment? Top 10 Most Environmentally Destructive Foods Wikimedia Commons

2. Lamb

Are You Taking a Bite Out of the Environment? Top 10 Most Environmentally Destructive FoodsWikimedia Commons

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3. Salmon

Are You Taking a Bite Out of the Environment? Top 10 Most Environmentally Destructive FoodsCenter for Food Safety

4. Cheese

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5. Eggs

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6. Palm Oil

Are You Taking a Bite Out of the Environment? Top 10 Most Environmentally Destructive FoodsWikimedia Commons

7. Soybeans

Are You Taking a Bite Out of the Environment? Top 10 Most Environmentally Destructive FoodsWikimedia Commons

8. Corn

Are You Taking a Bite Out of the Environment? Top 10 Most Environmentally Destructive FoodsWikimedia Commons

9. Chocolate

Are You Taking a Bite Out of the Environment? Top 10 Most Environmentally Destructive FoodsWikimedia Commons

10. Sugar

Are You Taking a Bite Out of the Environment? Top 10 Most Environmentally Destructive FoodsWikimedia Commons

What Can You Do?

After you have learned about how detrimental these 10 foods are to the planet, don’t be discouraged! Knowing how huge the impact of eating these things is on the planet, just think about how much of a positive impact you can have by NOT eating them. Pretty great, huh? The best way to minimize your dietary impact on the world is to try out a plant-based diet. Check out the thousands of awesome plant-based recipes right here and see how delicious eating for the planet can be! Curious to know what the 10 most eco-friendly foods are? Check out this article.


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