In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Earth Day Network is launching Foodprints for the Future to address one of the largest contributors to climate change facing us today: our food system.

What is a foodprint? A foodprint measures the environmental impacts associated with the growing, producing, transporting, and storing of our food— from the natural resources consumed to the pollution produced to the greenhouse gases emitted.

While we should all be working to reduce our foodprints, there are many factors, including access, affordability, health and culture that help shape our decisions about what we eat. There is not one prescribed diet for everyone. Through this campaign, we want to highlight the different ways individuals and institutions can make an impact on their foodprints.

To make this a reality, we must address unsustainable animal agriculture and food waste. The food system is responsible for over a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, of which approximately 80% are associated with livestock production. To make matters worse, one-third of all food is lost or wasted each year! While the problems are global, Foodprints will focus efforts in the US as a way to improve the highly integrated global food systems.

Taking action to protect our planet must be done at every level. From government officials, business leaders in boardrooms, communities, and individuals, we can all do our part to help reduce carbon emissions and build a sustainable environment and food system. 

Through Foodprints for the Future, Earth Day Network, in collaboration with individuals, communities, and partners across all sectors, will work to build the future we crave, one bite at a time.