While there are many components to sustainability, including saying no to waste or choosing reusable products, one that often gets forgotten is your diet.
How does what you put on your plate affect the planet and what can you do to move towards more sustainable food consumption?
Firstly, ensure that you are buying local. Fruit that has been shipped across half the world not only has a much larger carbon footprint, but it also usually requires more packaging to be shipped without damage. Hand in hand with this goes buying produce that is in season in your local region.
When it comes to sustainable food consumption, it is also good practice to ensure what you buy comes from responsible farms, not plantations destroying native habitats (sure, we can reforest these, but they will never be the same).
What else can you do?
Next, make more of your meals meat-free or vegan. Did you know that the impact of one serving of beef is 160 times larger than the equivalent in beans when it comes to climate change? Animal agriculture also uses large amounts of water, land, fuel and energy and produces a lot of waste which is hard to contain and can pollute nearby nature or fields. Eat more plants and your environmental impact will decrease drastically!
These are the essentials which will help you move towards more sustainable food consumption. Whether you tackle these one by one, or take small steps within each of these categories at once, you are doing the environment a favour.
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