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Do You Care About Climate Change? Three Ways to Make a Difference Through Food

While there has been a long-term so-called debate about the potential effects (and actual existence) of climate change, a report released by NASA last week shows that the ice is melting in Antarctica and there's nothing we can do to stop it.

(Fox News still seems to be denying science.)

According to the study that was released last Monday, warm ocean currents and geographic changes have helped lead to a chain reaction at the Amundsen Sea-area glaciers, causing faster melting than previously believed, taking them "past the point of no return," NASA glacioligist Eric Rignot reported.

Quite frankly: it's pretty freaking scary.

Even so, we can all do our part to attempt to slow it down.

We spoke to registered dietician and founder of Plant Strong Nutrition Adrienne Bolten about foods to avoid and sustainable alternatives, if you care about climate change.

See Also: New USDA Study Finds Bee Populations Not Dropping as Steeply, Names Possible Causes

3. Stick to Local

We're constantly being inundate with buzz words like"organic," "local," "free-range," and whatever else. Sure, we know organic is likely to be better for our bodies, but unfortunately, it's hard to tell what is the best option for the overall environment. Here's your answer: stick to local.

"If your options are between organic from Chile or local conventional, go with the local first," says Bolten. "You can talk to the grower or farmer directly to ask what's on the food and what kind of seeds are being used."

When you compare that to organic from halfway across the world -- or even the country -- you can't have that dialogue and there's a huge environmental impact from shipping and transportation. Sure, growing your own food would be the best option. But most of us barely have time to clean the house, never mind maintain a garden. Between the growing number of farmer's markets and urban farms in the area, it's not hard to find locally grown (possibly organic) produce.

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Sara Ventiera

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