You've probably heard that eating locally can reduce your carbon footprint. It's true. Fresh foods, on average, travel 1,500 miles to get to our local store. It takes a lot of fossil fuel to travel 1,500 miles. By comparison, your fresh garden veggies travel zero miles to get to your plate.
But transportation is only a small part of our food's carbon footprint (less than 10%). Most of the carbon output of our food comes in the food's production. In terms of a food's footprint, eating plants is almost always better than eating meat, according to Vox.
When you consider both of these factors, eating from your veggie garden is a win-win, because the most sustainable foods travel zero miles to your mouth!