Welcome to foodoffset.org, the place to lighten your foodprint!
This is a not-for-profit project with the aim to improve the food system and to help you eat responsibly. We also want to help you think smartly about your foodprint, the footprint of your food consumption.
What do we do?
We offer a fast, transparent, and easy way to compensate the animal welfare and environmental impact of your food consumption. Animal food typically stems from factory farms, which are related to both, inhumane animal welfare conditions as well as global-scale environmental problems. Addressing one of these two problems does not automatically contribute to solving the other; infamously, higher welfare farming, such as organic, can go with increased land use change and greenhouse gas emissions. There are ways to address both problems, in separate or integrated ways, and by contributing to our projects in these areas you can offset your food consumption impact in both areas, or in the area of your preference.
How does our animal welfare compensation work?
By donating you can compensate for all of, part of, or even more than your personal consumption of animal products from a lower animal welfare standard than you’d ideally like to adhere to. We offer a range of animal products to compensate for. By donating to foodoffset.org you raise the animal welfare standards applied to corresponding amounts of food animals of the categories chosen. Read more on our animal welfare compensation mechanism here.
How does our climate compensation work?
With your donation to compensate your food climate impact, we reduce emissions through third-party CO2-compensating institutions. We use trusted services that allow us to reduce a well-defined and controlled amount of emissions, in line with the amount of emissions related to your compensated food. Read more on our climate compensation mechanism here.
Why we offer food compensation?
The modern food system has the huge merit of delivering more than enough food for the 7 billion people of the planet – if only its proceeds were better distributed! This plentiful production however comes at the severe cost of negative animal welfare effects and undesirable environmental consequences. We think reducing consumption of animal products in the first place is the most effective way to limit our ‘foodprint’ – the footprint of our food consumption. But as today it appears difficult for many to fully give up eating animal products, we consider care for improved treatment of animals and offsetting the climate impact of food consumption as the least one could do – and this is what our platform is to facilitate. Read more on our vision and mission here; as well as on the morality of food compensation here.