Food trucks have recently gained serious momentum. What’s all the fuss about? While it’s a little difficult to get a real snapshot of the food truck scene, as each truck is essentially its own unique business, it’s no secret that it’s growing rapidly and attracting many foodies along the way. In fact, in many cities there are designated locations where food trucks are stationed for lunch or dinner and crowds await.

As the food truck scene continues to expand across the country, the going green movement is also picking up steam. Abiding by green principles is the driving force of many food trucks and is affecting our planet in a positive way. Let’s uncover more about the food truck scene and the top ways mobile restaurants stay environmentally responsible on the road.

Reason #1. Their menus support local companies.

Many food trucks engage in the local movement, which means they source their meats and other foods locally. By doing this, food truck owners support local businesses, farmers and community members who are passionate about growing organic, antibiotic-free poultry or grass-fed beef, while also helping the local economy and providing high-quality products to customers.

Some food truck owners have strict standards when it comes to where they source their meat and therefore search for local farmers and processors that abide by strict animal welfare regulations. Local farmers and processors that exceed these standards typically produce high-quality meat and poultry that have added nutritional benefits. Customers search for locally grown foods because of these nutritional benefits but also for insight into where their food originates and to support their fellow community members.

Food trucks that support local businesses help the green movement by encouraging farmers to produce high-quality, fresh, organic, sustainably raised foods that can have positive impacts on the environment and consumers.

Reason #2. They recycle and/or compost.

Food trucks in highly concentrated areas such as Washington, D.C., get tons of traffic. One way food trucks try to cut back on waste and stay environmentally conscious is by recycling and composting. Different food trucks do this in different ways such as recycling fryer oil, glass, plastic and cardboard.

Reason #3. They use eco-friendly products.

When it comes to products and packaging, food trucks know what they’re doing. Many trucks use reusable containers, compostable utensils and napkins, and biodegradable and eco-safe cleaning products. By staying away from plastic and choosing reusable or biodegradable products, food trucks are encouraging others to divert their utensils, napkins and cups from landfills.

Reason #4. They’re powered by veggies, the sun or alternative fuel.

Food truck owners and operators have the power to choose what their mobile food-serving trucks run on. Some trucks use the vegetable oil from cooking food to power their trucks, others use alternative fuel or solar power in their production kitchens. Converting to alternative fuel such as biodiesel greatly reduces the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in our air.

As the seasons change and the weather becomes even nicer, grab a bite to eat from a food truck that is environmentally responsible. Your meal will be yummy and you’ll be supporting local businesses that also support the environment.

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