What we eat and how we produce our food are inextricably linked to the climate crisis.

Science makes it clear that to avert the worst impacts of climate change, we must address the greenhouse gas emissions from the food and agriculture sectors. This includes capturing and storing carbon in soils, wasting less food, phasing out agricultural chemicals like pesticides and fertilizers, and reducing meat consumption from confined factory farms. With so many crises unfolding on our planet—pandemics, loss of biodiversity, hunger, and poverty—our food system must shift toward practices that increase health, sustainability, equity and resiliency.

What We're Doing

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More plants and less red meat for healthier people and planet.

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La certificación orgánica y su etiqueta son lo mejor que tenemos hoy para garantizar que las frutas, verduras, granos y otros productos no se cultiven con pesticidas sintéticos.

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What we eat plays a big role in the fight against climate change. Eating more plants and wasting less good food are vital places to start.


Farming in harmony with nature fights climate change, improves water quality, and protects biodiversity. NRDC works with growers, ranchers, and community leaders to craft policies for a regenerative farm and food system.

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A resource that is right beneath our feet can help us fight climate change, while cleaning up our water, increasing biodiversity, and creating healthy food in the process.

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The most common and effective strategy for farmers adapting to climate change is improving soil health.

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Everyone, from governments and large food companies to ordinary people, has the power to make a difference in the fight against climate change by changing the way we grow our food and changing what we eat.

Workers Process Vidalia Onions at Bland Farms in Glennville GA
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This pandemic has shone a light on the fragility of the broken U.S. food system.

Policy Solution

As long droughts become more and more common, we're pushing farmers to embrace sustainable practices that increase soil health and use water more efficiently.

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The IPCC lands report makes clear that the food system is a significant driver of climate change, but that it can also be a vital part of the solution.

Midwest Dispatch

As higher temperatures head north, the Great Plains’ grasslands are in for a transformation.

Southeast Dispatch

Solar farmers get a hand from regenerative agriculture experts to feed the soil under their arrays—another powerful tool to help fight climate change.

Western Dispatch

Carbon farming, an agricultural movement taking root in Northern California, aims to improve the soil and help stabilize the climate.


Growing, processing, transporting, and disposing our uneaten food in the United States has an annual estimated cost of $218 billion, costing a household of four an average of $1,800 annually.

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Experts & Resources