Food Systems Team

Eating our way to carbon-neutral

Food systems, meaning anything from fertilizer use to grain transport, makes up an estimated one-third of global human greenhouse-gas emissions. We are people who eat food, and we bet you are, too! With that in mind, we believe that everyone has a role to play in reducing the carbon footprint of the systems that produce (and consume) our food.


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What we do

The work of the MN350 Food Systems Team is informed by the science of Project Drawdown, and we strive for solutions that are both scientifically sound and socially just. We currently focus on three strategies to help reach a carbon-neutral Minnesota by 2030:

  • Regenerative agriculture. We support the transition of Minnesota’s industrial farming practices to a regenerative agricultural system that supports healthy soil and land, draws atmospheric carbon into the ground rather than releasing it, and reduces water use.
  • Empowering eaters. We encourage the shift toward plant-rich diets, made famously simple by Michael Pollan: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Plant-rich diets substantially reduce food systems’ greenhouse gas and water-use footprints.
  • Reducing food waste. We work with retailers and consumers to close the gaps that lead to food waste. The food we throw away accounts for roughly 8% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. If we waste less, we can produce less, allowing us to conserve resources and reduce emissions.


How to get involved

The Food Systems Team meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on alternating Thursdays at the MN350 office in Minneapolis. We share updates on current activities and issues, ask questions, make suggestions, and break out to smaller groups to focus on specific action items. For specific dates, check out the Events Calendar.

To learn more or to join the Food Systems Team distribution list, email Kurt Kimber.