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Climate-smart food

Cook climate-smart food and consider the planet we live on! A climate-smart meal is characterized by active choices in several stages, from the cultivation stage until the food is on your plate. But it does not end there. It is also important to minimize food waste. We have put together a guide for you who want to reduce your food waste. It is a crucial step on the way to reducing your climate impact. 

​What is climate-smart food?

Organic and plant-based food are examples of climate-smart food. Animal breeding accounts for a large part of climate emissions. Thus, climate-smart vegetarian food is significantly better from an environmental point of view. Also, remember to choose fresh vegetables according to season. We at Generation Waste think it is important to spread as many "climate-smart food facts" as possible because there are so many benefits. The food is useful, affordable, and good for the environment - yes, the list can be made much longer than that. 

Climate-smart food - Recipes

We have collected several goods and climate-smart recipes in our category food waste recipes. There you can, among other things, read about how you go about doing: 

  • Kimchi on cauliflower crust 

  • Cinnamon slices 

  • Pickled onions 

  • Chips on Brussels sprouts 

Steps to becoming a climate-smart

It is common to want to eat more climate-smart, but how do you succeed in that? The Nature Conservation Society has developed 4 tips that we present briefly below.

  1. Eat plant-based 
    A vegetarian meal reduces the climate impact by more than half on average. This is largely because the breeding of meat animals is a major source of emissions. When shopping for fresh vegetables, it is best to choose produce that is in season and organic if possible (see next point). 

  2. Eat organic  
    Farmers who grow organically do not use artificial fertilizers. It is good for the environment, considering that fertilizers require fossil energy in their production. Fertilizers also release air gas, which is a greenhouse gas. Another advantage is that organic farmers do not use chemical pesticides. 

  3. Choose meat with care 
    If you choose to eat meat, you can make several active choices, from a climate point of view. Cows and sheep feed on grass and these animals contribute to environmental benefits, as grazing animals help keep the lands open. Preferably choose Swedish organic meat or naturally pastured meat if it is available. 

  4. Minimize food waste 
    A lot of food is wasted in Swedish households. It is important to plan both food purchases and meals better to deal with the problem. Taste and smell expired food before throwing it away. In Sweden, we waste an average of 95 kg of food waste per year - that figure can be reduced with better planning! 

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