Tips for an environmentally friendly diet
Besides our health, our choices in what we eat can have a great impact on the environment. From water consumption to CO2 emissions, what we decide to eat can indeed influence the environmental impact human life has on our planet. Here are a few basic tips on what an environmentally friendly diet might look like and things to consider when buying food.
Meat is a food item which production has huge repercussions on the environment. Intensive farming, in particular, contributes to huge amounts of CO2, both from its production as well as its inherent worldwide distribution. It also utilises large amounts of water, which has to be piped and concentrated in specific areas. An environmentally ethical choice any of us can make is certainly to limit our consumption of meat. More importantly, we can source our meat carefully, ideally locally. That does not mean necessarily having to buy high-end products, but simply paying attention to where the meat we buy in supermarkets and local stores comes from, and adjusting our selection of products accordingly. Less meat and more high-quality food, all whilst saving money on our weekly budget!
More Fruit and Vegetables & More Diverse
Increasing our vegetable consumption is the obvious next step. Again, though, it is very important to mind the origin of the food we buy. Transports, aerial transportation, in particular, is a large source of CO2 emission. Selecting products in season is a great way to limit our indirect contribution to these emissions, as well as, of course, to make sure we buy quality produce. This can be a difficult, even a political choice in a world where we are always used to be able to access anything at any time. Explore produce you might not know or are not used to cooking with. Buy local products if possible. Make these the criteria that inform your shopping choices and make your diet better and more ethical.
Buy Fresh Products and Produce
Needless to say, buying fresh ingredients limits our impact on the environment. On the one hand, this limits our production of waste, be it recyclable or not. Moreover, we have more control over what we eat. Both in terms of choosing to eat healthily as well as based on the observations offered above. Finally, cooking can have a great positive impact on our general well-being, both physical and psychological. Not everything we cook has to be fancy or complicated, but the simple fact to consume something we made from scratch can be a great mood booster and give us a nice sense of accomplishment. Not to mention the communal and social element of cooking if we do it with flatmates and friends.
Slow Food is an international movement born in Italy in opposition, as you might guess, to the fast-food culture. This entity promotes a healthy and ethical lifestyle in all that is food-related, from environmental issues to fair trade and ethical business. If you are interested in discovering more about a way of consuming food that is an alternative to the more widespread culture of mass consumption, visit their UK website here.
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