Few everyday decisions are more important to our health—or the health of our planet—than choosing what we eat.

NRDC pushes corporations and policymakers to reduce harmful chemicals in our food. We fight for stronger pollution controls on industrial farms and help small farmers safeguard their crops against climate change. We also develop initiatives to reduce food waste and promote sustainability from farm to fork.

Our Priorities

Safe Food

Americans are consuming more dangerous chemicals than ever before.

Livestock Production

More than 70 percent of medically important antibiotics in the U.S. are used on animals, not people.

Climate-Resilient Farms

U.S. farmers could save more than $17 billion in crop loss a year by adapting their methods.

Food Waste

40 percent of food in the United States never gets eaten.

Local Food Systems

A typical American meal contains ingredients from five foreign countries.

Climate-Healthy Eating

Producing beef causes 34 times more greenhouse gas pollution than growing legumes.

Climate Change and Agriculture

The most effective strategy for farmers adapting to climate change is improving soil health.

What's at Stake

What you can do

Save the Food

Forty percent of food in America is wasted. By making smart decisions about using, storing, and buying food, you can help save money, water, fuel, and the environment.

How to Turn Your Patch of Earth From Barren to Bountiful

Composting Is Way Easier Than You Think

Reducing Food Waste: Eight Tips for Home Cooks

Your Newest Tool to Tackle Food Waste: Meal Prep Mate

Getting a Better School Lunch

Stocking a Kid-Friendly, Nontoxic Kitchen

The Smart Seafood Buying Guide

To Shrink Your Carbon Footprint, Ease Up on the Dairy

Green Your Coffee Habit

Read This Before Cleaning Out Your Fridge

5 Tips for Buying Better Beef

Regenerative Agriculture

10 Tips for Hosting a Wonderful and Waste-Free Holiday

How to Combat Weeds . . . Gently

How to Get More out of Your Kitchen Stash and Minimize Your Trash

How (and Why) to Be a Seed Savior

Freeze More. Waste Less.