Plant-rich Eating

Eating plant-based foods—beans and nuts, bulger and buckwheat, squash and spinach, and even cell-based meat like impossible burgers—is a healthy and delicious way to reduce your climate impact. Meat and dairy, especially red meat like beef, goat, and lamb, have an outsized contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.

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Image: World Resources Institute

Cornell and online course students often choose plant-rich diet as their network climate action. This means they reduce their own meat and dairy consumption and persuade family and friends to join them in adopting a plant-rich diet.

Click on music video produced by Cornell Climate Online Fellow from Jamaica: One Day a Week, Eat Less Meat

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Listen to lectures from our 2020

plant-rich diet webinar series

Cornell students in our Climate Solutions capstone course worked with seven community partners to create plant-rich diet recipes and infographics.


Cornell Cooperative Extension-Warren County applies local experience and research-based solutions to help rural upstate New York families and communities. Cornell students worked with Nutrition Educator MB Mitcham to create recipes accessible to low-income families who live far from grocery stores and often shop for food at gas station convenience stores. View recipes and infographics.

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CASL Trust focuses on sustainable agriculture, climate, innovation, research, and advocacy in Murewa, Zimbabwe. Cornell students worked with CASL Trust founder and director Respect Musiyiwa to develop nutritious plant-based recipes that incorporate local and affordable foods. View Instagram posts, video 1, video 2 and video 3.


Headwater Food Hub is changing the business of food by providing restaurants, institutions, and eaters access to regional foods at fair prices, while supporting local farmers. Cornell students worked with Director of Community Program T C Washington to create recipes and educational materials for food kits for low-income elementary students. View recipes and a lesson plan.

VegPlanet is a 370,000 member strong WeChat community that uses creative online media to promote veganism in China. Cornell students tested Chinese vegan recipes and posted their experiences on VegPlanet’s WeChat site in English and Chinese.

View the article.

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Urban Harvest supports community gardens, local farmers, farmers markets, and schools to improve the lives, soils, and plates of low­-income and diverse communities in Houston Texas. Cornell students created recipes using local ingredients and profiles of small farmers who supply Houston with plant-based foods. View recipes and profiles.


Elders Climate Action welcomes all elders to work collectively to enact just climate policies. Cornell students worked with volunteer Mark Cook to create a collection of recipes accompanied by short profiles of elder and student cooks. View recipes.

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Sustainable Tapas is a startup that transforms Spanish cuisine – tapas - into a sustainable eating experience by using local and seasonal plant-based ingredients and educational programs. Cornell students created tapas recipes and infographics for posting on Instagram, using Sustainable Tapas unique graphic designs.

View recipes and Instagram posts.

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