Reduce Environmental Impact

Sustainable farms and food businesses build healthy ecosystems by improving soil health, increasing biodiversity, and reducing the carbon and water footprint of food production, while advancing public health and worker safety. By promoting climate-friendly diets and providing robust markets for sustainable food producers, institutions can reduce their environmental impact and support the adoption of sustainable farming, ranching, and business practices.


  • Reduce beef and other meat purchases

    By replacing some meat purchases with plant proteins—and focusing on regenerative ranching for remaining meat products—institutions can significantly lower their carbon and water footprint.

  • Reduce dairy purchases

    Institutions can contribute to a healthier planet by shifting towards plant proteins and sustainably-produced foods.

  • Replace conventional produce with organic

    Growing produce without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides reduces toxic exposure for farmworkers and nearby communities, conserves water, captures carbon in the soil, and fosters biodiversity.

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Replacing conventionally-produced animal products with plant proteins could also:

Reducing pesticide use could also:

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