Sustainable Eating

Sustainable Eating Practices

  1. Eat more plants: Research consistently shows that animal foods have a much larger carbon and water footprint than plant foods. Farming animals for meat and dairy requires space and huge amounts of water and feed. The livestock industry alone generates nearly 15% of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions. With global meat consumption soaring 500% between 1992 and 2016, it is clear we need to rebalance our diets by prioritizing plants and moderating our intake of animal products. Plant-based foods have been demonstrated to be healthier compared to animal-based options.
  2. Grow some of your food: When you grow your food, it means that you have cut the need to transport food over long distances using vehicles that release emissions into the environment. It also means that you will help to absorb some carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using your food crops. Growing your food does not mean you require a large piece of land. You can simply use a garden to grow kales, tomatoes, onions, and herbs. You can also use a balcony or window box to plant food crops in pots.
  3. Avoid wasting food: Today, the average home throws away about 30% of the food it purchases even though this is clearly a waste of resources and cash. To reduce wastage, it is advisable to carefully review your family’s food requirements and only buy enough quantities. Food preservation methods such as drying and cooling are worth exploring. You can simply freeze anything you can’t eat while it’s fresh or reduce moisture content by drying to make them last longer. If you can’t preserve it, there are so many people in need of food! Please give it out rather than waste it.
  4. Shop for produce that is in season: When possible, try to include seasonal produce from your local farm or shop in your diet. Eating foods out of season comes at a higher cost in terms of environmental impact and carbon footprint, since they likely had to travel a long distance to get to you.
  5. Eat Organic Foods: organic foods are grown with environmental sustainability consciousness. They encourage soil conservation practices such as manure application, composting and cover crops. In addition, they limit the use of harmful chemicals which makes them safer and healthier for you to eat and for the environment.
  6. Mindful Eating: Mindful means paying attention to your diet. When you eat mindfully, you focus on the kind of food, its source, packaging and nourishment to your body. Mindful eating would help you realize the right quantity to consume so you don’t eat too much or throw so much food away.

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