Climate Action Now! Plant-Forward Eating for the Planet

Learn about the environmental impact of different dietary patterns and what steps you can take today to reduce the carbon footprint of your plate.

Melissa Brown, MPH, RD is a registered dietitian who loves helping clients find opportunities and take steps to add more plants to their plates. Matthew Brown, MPH is an urban farmer who manages an ecologically friendly melange of fruit trees, vines, brambles, flowers, and both annual and perennial vegetables at their home on a half an acre in Saint Louis City. Melissa and Matthew, along with their 10-year-old son, Gabriel, love growing, cooking, and eating a wide variety of plants.

Presenters: Matthew and Melissa Brown (13-Mar-2022)

ACTIONS – Plant forward diet

  • Assess your current consumption of animal products and identify 1-2 areas of opportunity for yourself/your family:
    • One meatless meal/day?
    • One meatless day/week?
    • Meatless weekdays?
    • Reducing dairy consumption?
  • Commit to a change for at least one month
  • Explore other places you can advocate for plant-forward eating – at work, community events, school, etc.
  • Join a CSA
  • Commit to visit a farmers market (or grow your own) — see presentation slides for suggestions
  • Support policies that promote plants – for school meals, USDA food guidelines, etc.

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