16 Jan Five Tips for Eating More Sustainably
Choosing to eat sustainably may seem like a daunting task at first, but it’s important to remember that even the smallest changes can make a difference. Don’t miss these five easy-to-follow tips for making your diet a little more sustainable.
Fill Half Your Plate with Plants
The grains used to feed livestock require a great deal of fertilizer, fuel, water, and pesticides to produce and ship to farms. In fact, according to the American Journal of Good Nutrition, producing a single calorie of animal protein requires ten times more fossil fuel use than a calorie of plant protein. Loading up on your veggies and reducing your meat intake can help both the environment and encourage your diet be more balanced and nutrient-rich.
Support local farmers by shopping at your neighborhood farmer’s market. This saves on the fuel used for shipping food to grocery stores across the country. Also, the meat and dairy products from local farms is more likely to be grass-fed, fee-range, and hormone-free. These are all wins for sustainability. For a list of the Best Farmers Markets in American, click here.
Grow a Garden
Growing your own produce is a great step toward eating more sustainably. If you’re lacking the space or time to grow a full-blown garden, you can still dabble with your green thumb by growing an herb or two on your windowsill. Every little bit helps.
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Opt for Certified Sustainable Seafood
Choosing seafood labeled certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship council is the only way to verify that the seafood you’re purchasing is truly sustainably sourced. It’s easy, just look for the blue MSC label.
Don’t Be Wasteful
This may be obvious, but it’s important. Be conscious of how much food you’re making and throwing away. A staggering 40% of the food produced in the United States doesn’t get eaten. Also, opt for products that aren’t individually wrapped to avoid wasteful packaging.
The good news is, making your diet a little more sustainable will likely result in better nutritional choices too. Paying more attention to the food that you’re purchasing and consuming will likely lead to more mindful eating, which is a win for both you and the environment.