There is an ongoing concern among consumers wondering what they can do to make their eating habits more environmental friendly? The idea is to eat Green and Sustainable food which is of high quality and not harmful for the environment. Because the food we eat is solely of our choice, our buying decisions can affect sustainability. It is important to ponder over at what we eat and from where we eat and if the cost of purchasing the particular product is high enough to have negative impact on our environment.
It is very obvious that to protect the environment is our first hand responsibility and every individual plays an important role towards the saving of environment and keeping it green. Recently the agriculture techniques, due to advancement in technology have led to massive and quick production of crops. But this has not brought a really positive impact on the earth, as huge damage is being done by the use of pesticides and insecticides causing erosion, over fishing in fisheries seas and oceans, and hunting of animals for meat. A part of this food production includes a lot of use of fossil fuel, like gas and petrol, which is a major cause of pollution!
We as humans can make the environment green and better by adopting habits of eating green sustainable food. The idea is just not keeping the environment healthy but you are also keeping your body healthy. So here are a few tips to eat green sustainable food.
Eat Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables
It is better to not opt for non-seasonal fruits and vegetable you usually get to see in the market, like mangoes in winters, as they are being transported over a long distance to reach you. Instead, opt for fruits and vegetables which are seasonal and your money benefit a local farmer. No wonder this is going to be fresh, unprocessed food and will be extremely beneficial for your health. This option opens you an opportunity to experiment new seasonal recipes, and refresh yourself with new tastes.
Organic grown food is just not better for the human body, but it is also better for our environment. Food grown organically is not exposed to the artificial process of using insecticides and pesticides or fertilizers. There is no use of hormones and antibiotics to raise animals for milk, egg, poultry, meat and seafood, which are not good for either human body or the environment. Organic food is becoming highly common for modern consumers, which is green and sustainable. What you got to see at your product packet is 100% Organic!
Reduce Your Meat Consumption
To raise livestock for meat requires a large amount of resources so they grow large enough to be slaughtered. It takes pounds of grain to feed animals for few pounds of meat, and a lesser amount of grain to raise chicks and fish which makes them a more sustainable option. Industrial meat production puts a heavy cost on the environment both in the consumption of land and use of water. To follow green sustainable eating habits try to figure out your meat life. Once you know where you meat comes from and if it is fresh and safe you would know if the animals are treated humanely.
Grow Your Own Food
If you are fortunate enough to have a spare piece of land in your home and a little of spare time, grow your own food and make it a little vegetable garden. Not only you can grow your vegetables but you can also raise a few chicks which will fulfill your daily need of poultry and eggs. But if you don’t have enough space don’t be dishearten, you can still grow little green items and cherry tomatoes in pots placed in your balcony or terrace or you can even have a little herb garden inside your kitchen. Growing plant will just not give you fresh and healthy food but will also make your contribution to a greener environment.
Reduce Food and Packaging Waste
To live more sustainably we need to decrease the amount of food wastage we make. The food we bring in our home results in a lot of trash. This trash just not puts a heavy cost on consumers and producers but also on the waste removal. The process of waste collection and disposal is not cost efficient or energy efficient and has an impact on the change of climate. Being a rational consumer you need to be conscious on what you buy and how much you buy. Don’t just reuse your food, but if you don’t need it then donate it. Learn to compost your food and be aware of your sustainable consumer behavior.
Prefer Locally Grown Food!
Food that is grown locally is just not fresh but also requires less fuel and resources to reach you. Avoid eating air freighted food to cut CO2 emissions as they are not healthy for body. Support your local economy by buying locally produced items as they will directly benefit the farmer in your area and will encourage him to produce better for you.
Choose Your Fish Carefully
The most sustainable choice that you can make while purchasing fish is to buy farm raised fish which eat plants. These include fish species such as trout, catfish and tilapia. Farm raised fishes are grown in ponds which just don’t take small space but are also very productive. While considering sea fish, Pollack and wild-caught salmon from Pacific Ocean are the sustainable choices. Try to avoid predator species while going green and sustainable.
These choices invite you to revise your buying behavior and eating habits to reduce your carbon footprint at your table. If you’re managing to skip processed food packed in plastic bags for the sake of real food grown at the farm, then you’re just on the right track!
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