Switch from coal energy to renewable energy
ZFP audited Copenhagen's revered Noma, one of the best restaurants in the world, to learn about its energy use. They found that by switching from a coal-based energy provider to a renewable energy source, the restaurant was able to immediately decrease its carbon load by one third. Not all American cities offer clean energy electricity, but taking advantage of it if offered is the simplest way to make a serious impact.
Support progressive farmers
The “carbon ranching” movement implements a unique approach to cattle raising to use farmland more efficiently. By controlling grazing patterns so that cows eat grass with more shallow root structures, it allows older perennial plants to draw carbon out of the atmosphere and into the ground, which decreases the overall carbon load of an inefficient protein like beef.
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