Rachel Mack wants to help you eat smarter and greener. Did you know that according to an article published in the New York Times what we eat can affect climate change? Some big takeaways include:
- One quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions are from the food supply.
- The largest impact on that number is livestock (meat and dairy), especially cows.
- Clear-cutting forests, to make way for livestock or for other crops, is also a large driver of increased greenhouse gas emissions, since forests are responsible for “sucking up” some of those emissions.
It’s not all doom and gloom, however! With the help of a culinary consultant like Rachel Mack, you too can do your part to help reduce the harmful effects of climate change. Whether you are on vacation or looking for a long-term consultant, Rachel is here to help. Here’s how:
1. Cut back on the meat
Considering that livestock production is one of the largest contributors to climate change, cutting back on meat consumption will go a long way to reducing your overall carbon footprint. And before you run away thinking you will have to eat nothing but “rabbit food” for the rest of your life, consider the following filling, nutritious, and delicious vegetarian options:
- Cheesy lasagna with roasted vegetables
- Hot and spicy black bean enchiladas
- A steaming plate of tofu Pad Thai
Definitely not rabbit food.
An additional way to cut back on your meat consumption is to just, literally, cut back. Include smaller portions of animal-based protein in your meals and load up on the fresh fruits and veggies. As a culinary consultant, Rachel will help you identify where you can cut back, and offer suggestions for substitutes that are delicious and Earth-friendly.
2. Eat local/in season foods
Sourcing local food when on vacation can be tough. Sometimes it’s hard enough just finding a grocery store! When you hire Rachel for food provisioning services while on vacation, she will help you make smart choices by shopping at the best locally-sourced stores and farm stands. Buying local can reduce your overall carbon footprint, since the food doesn’t have to travel too far to get to your plate. Not to mention the added benefit of supporting the local community in which that you are visiting. Eating locally-sourced foods can be a great way to experience a new place, and Rachel will use her knowledge of Sarasota, FL and Cape Cod, MA to find the freshest local ingredients.
3. Waste less, compost more
One of the main tenants of going green is reducing how much we buy or consume. Meal planning is an easy way to ensure food doesn’t go uneaten. After Rachel completes your personal intake, she can offer meal plans that prevent over-shopping for food that ends up in the garbage. And if you do find yourself with overripe and/or unused food, then Rachel can offer advice on composting it, rather than throwing it away. Composting food and other green waste results in less methane, and comes with the added benefit of organic fertilizer for your home garden.
Eat Smarter with Rachel Mack
If you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint while on vacation, or throughout your general life, contact Rachel Mack. Splitting her time between Sarasota, FL and Cape Cod, MA, Rachel has over 25 years in the food services industry, and can help you shift your food habits to a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether you need assistance with special foods while visiting a new locale, or just general help with meal planning, grocery shopping, food prep or cooking, Rachel does it all. Tell me more!