What you eat has a BIG climate impact

Did you realize greenhouse gas emissions from cows are about same as from transportation? The food system contributes about 30% of emissions. What you eat has a big impact on sustainability. This April 2022 article from the New York Times (you might run into a firewall) provides tips on how you can reduce your impact. The main takeaways are:

A climate friendly diet is also a healthy diet and often saves you money, so changing your habits can be a 3-for-1 win.

Farmers markets and online farmstands

Farmers Markets and sustainability naturally go together: organically grown goods, locally made, and less transportation and packaging, are key, positive green impacts

CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)

Like farmers markets, CSAs provide food that is organically grown, and there is less transportation and packaging when you use a CSA

CSAs are local farms where you:

CSAs near you:

Grow your own

Buy in Bulk

Buy Locally Produced Goods

Yes, it's great to support the communities around us, but it's also often greener! Minimal transportation means far fewer emissions to get the products and usually less packaging is used

Additional sustainable eating and drinking practices

Why eat organically grown food as much as you can and other things you can do

Health risks to children from food with toxic pesticides

Infants and children are more vulnerable than adults to toxins

USDA organic food reduces pesticides in children and adults

Massachusetts campaign for farms to transfer to organic agriculture with USDA $100 million federal funding TOPP program

Federal and state food pesticide laws and the MA Attorney General's lawsuit


1. Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

2, Denmark, Odense Child Cohort

3. The Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS)

4. Heartland Health Research Alliance


5. National Pesticide Information Center

6. American Academy of Pediatrics

7. Environmental Working Group and American Academy of Pediatrics

8. Learning Disabilities Association of America

9. American Parkinson Disease Association

10. CDC Data and Statistics on Autism Spectrum Disorder

11. CDC Glyphosate in Children Study

12. Beyond Pesticides Diseases Linked to Pesticides

13. The Intercept How Pesticide Companies Corrupted the EPA and Poisoned America

14. The New York Times Pesticide Studies Won EPA’s Trust, Until Trump’s Team Scorned ’Secret Science’

15. EPA Pesticide Tolerances

16. EPA’s Policy on Children’s Health

17. AG Maura Healey Sues EPA to Protect Children and Public From Know Toxic Pesticide

18. US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Chlorpyrifos Ruling

19. EPA 2021 Final Ruling on Chlorpyrifos

20. NY Times, EPA to Block Pesticide Tied to Neurological Harm in Children 

21. Earthjustice, EPA to Ban Chlorpyrifos Finally

22.Courthouse News, Ninth Circuit Orders EPA to Reexamine Glyphosate Toxicity to Humans and the Environment

23. Pew Research Center, Organic Farming is on the Rise in the US

24. USDA Economic Research Service

25. Friends of the Earth, Pesticides Levels Drop After One Week of Eating Organic

26. You Tube video Family Organic Diet Study

27. Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR) Resources Facts and Statistics

28. USDA 2017 Massachusetts Organic Census,_Chapter_1_State_Level/Massachusetts/st25_1_0051_0051.pdf

29. USDA 2021 National Organic Census

30. Massachusetts law MGL 132B Sec.5A

31. Protection of Children and Families From Harmful Pesticides

32. Northeast Organic Farmers Association Massachusetts (NOFA Mass)

33. Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility

34. MDAR Organic Certification Cost Share Program

35. USDA  $100 Million TOPP

36. NOFA Mass Organic Certification Transition Consulting Assistance

37. NOFA Mass Organic Transition Resources