Eating Local

#MoveTheDate

1.6

Days

If we sourced 80% of our food locally, we would move the date by 1.6 days.

What is the solution?

Purchasing locally-sourced food products can reduce transportation Footprints, strengthen local economies, and support more sustainable agricultural practices.

How does it #MoveTheDate?

Transportation accounts for about 11% of carbon emissions associated with food production. Eating local food reduces these emissions significantly as food no longer needs to be transported long distances.

How is it scalable?

Historically, diets relied exclusively on local foodstuffs. Replacing exotic fruits and vegetables, or cheap meats from overseas factory farms, with local alternatives is possible in most places that feature local agricultural sectors.

What is the solution?

Purchasing locally-sourced food products can reduce transportation Footprints, strengthen local economies, and support more sustainable agricultural practices.

How does it #MoveTheDate?

Transportation accounts for about 11% of carbon emissions associated with food production. Eating local food reduces these emissions significantly as food no longer needs to be transported long distances.

How is it scalable?

Historically, diets relied exclusively on local foodstuffs. Replacing exotic fruits and vegetables, or cheap meats from overseas factory farms, with local alternatives is possible in most places that feature local agricultural sectors.

man tending to farm

Ensuring fair and sustainable food production and consumption is central to living well within the means of our planet. Eating locally produced food reduces transportation Footprints, strengthens local economies, supports more sustainable agricultural practices, and reduces the risk of supply chain shocks. Learn more about the benefits of connecting local producers and consumers at https://foodnected.org/.

Global Footprint Network gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Avina Stiftung for Earth Overshoot Day in general and the food dimension in particular.

There’s no benefit in waiting!

Acting now puts you at a strategic advantage in a world increasingly defined by ecological overshoot. Countless solutions exist that #MoveTheDate. They’re creative, economically viable, and ready to deploy at scale. With them, we can make ourselves more resilient and #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day. If we move the date 6 days each year, humanity can be out of overshoot before 2050.