Doing groceries in local shops will diminish your carbon footprint drastically. In fact all the energy and gas consumed by transports to get your food to the shop will be minimal. Eating locally often means eating ingredients in season, negating the need for high-energy greenhouses and their emissions. Inform yourself by talking to the people owning local shops to learn more about the products of season. As well, it will make some farmers make a living in your region and boost the economy.
A lot of people buy and eat into what seem like food ‘trends’. Everyone needs to take responsibility for our buying choices, despite how much we may love a particular product. It is entirely possible to pause before making food choices, and to learn more about the ingredients and their potential impacts.
With a little research on recent problematic products, we can easily find examples, such as Palm Oil and quinoa. Both Palm Oil and quinoa’s widespread use have been identified as incredibly harmful for the planet. Palm oil production induces deforestation which destroys the biodiversity of tropical rainforests. When these forests are lost, more carbon is released into the atmosphere contributing to global warming. Not dissimilarly, quinoa plantations growth has led to soil infertility (the overuse of it does not permit the soil to recover and does not enable it to stock nutrients for future growth).
It has become increasingly clear that many of the goods we consume on a large scale are grown and produced over huge swathes of natural land. The impact this demand creates on the natural land and surrounding environment almost never has beneficial impacts. Next time you come across a new tasty snack or health food trend, read into the impacts a little further first.