Top 5 Sustainable Food Habits
Sustainable food habits are practises which contribute to an environmentally and socially responsible food system.
Promote plant-based diet A plant-based diet, which focuses on including more plant foods than animal foods in your diet, can have a significant impact on the environment. Producing billions of pounds of animal meat and dairy worldwide each year takes a lot of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, fuel, feed and water, which accounts for 51 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions.
Plant foods, such as vegetables, rice, beans, and tofu, have a much lower environmental impact.
Go organic Because fewer chemical pesticides and fertilizers are used, organically grown and raised products have less impact on the environment. When applied to animal products like dairy, organic means that no antibiotics or synthetic hormones are fed to the animals. Organic foods are specifically marked or mentioned to be identified separately.
Close to home Eating locally means sourcing foods that are produced relatively close to where they are sold. Local eating can reduce the number of miles that food travels, which lessens the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Eating close to home also helps to keep local jobs safe! Local vegetable vendors, fruit sellers, farms, and local supermarkets, may all be closest options.
Even, better—grow your own food if you can, whether it’s a crop of juicy tomatoes or a favourite herb in a window box; the result is local, sustainable, healthy and delicious!
Seasonal sense For produce, learning to eat with the seasons means choosing foods that are not grown in artificial conditions, such as heated greenhouses, or grown hundreds of miles away, picked prematurely, and transported long distances. Seasonal foods are better for the environment and cheaper, because they require fewer resources and less energy to produce. Choosing seasonal options adds variety, flavour and freshness, and also supports local agriculture.
Reduce waste More food than any other single material fills landfills and incinerators, according to studies done by Environmental Protection Agency, which recorded more than 36 million tons of food waste in 2012.
Rotting food is a major source of methane, one of the greenhouse gases associated with global warming.
In addition, 13 percent of greenhouse gases are attributed to growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of food.
Adopt a no-waste mindset by planning weekly menus and buying only as much food as you know your family will eat. When there is too much, avoid spoiling by freezing, drying or incorporating foods into stock, soups, and casseroles. Choose whole foods over processed when you can, as packaged items not only take more energy to produce, they contribute to packaging waste, as well.
Adopting even one seemingly small and simple sustainable food habit can make a huge difference in promoting a more sustainable food system.
*Info gathered from : http://www.environmentalnutrition.com/issues/37_7/features/152630-1.html
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