In the kitchen

One of the places that the impact of climate change is most commonly forgotten is in the kitchen. After all, this is where we prepare and eat our food. But these very things that sustain us can also harm the environment, as often they are not produced in the most sustainable manner.

As consumers, it is important that we consider the impact that our eating habits have on the global environment and, therefore, we must make a conscious effort to change the way we eat, cook, and source our food.


The processes that go into planting, nurturing and taking a plant from the ground, rearing and producing livestock or a fish from the sea to our tables are often highly mechanised and can create large amounts of greenhouse gases. Food production, therefore, has a real contribution to climate change and, ultimately therefore, threatens the way that we live.

In addition, climate change may also have very real impacts on the way we currently grow and produce food now. As temperatures are predicted to rise and precipitation patterns change in Ireland as a result of climate change, growing seasons and types of crops may be altered. While some people may view this as an improvement, it will create risks for agriculture that will need to be managed.

What can you do?

While all of this may seem negative, there is no reason to go on a crash diet or to avoid food altogether! It is important, however, that you begin to think about your food. Where does it come from? How was it made and transported? Is there a more environmentally-friendly alternative?

Have a look through the following sections and you'll find tips that will help you lower your carbon footprint through your food choices and preparation.

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