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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 08 Apr 2014
We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to! – Terri Swearingen
The impact that we have on the environment is huge. The adverse effects of the choices we make are borne by the planet we are living on. Even our choice of food matters. Not only does it affect our health, but also the environment that supports life on earth. We can contribute towards saving the planet by the food choices we make.
Food Choices That Can Make a Difference
Here are a few things you can do to eat healthy and save the planet:
Go Vegetarian: Around 18% of the greenhouse gases are emitted during livestock production, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Since meat production contributes so much to climate change, it may be a good idea to become vegetarian on certain days. Designate a few days of the week when you will eat only fruits and vegetables. Such meatless days could contribute significantly in maintaining the ecological balance.
Stay Local: We all love to try foods from different regions and countries. However, the transportation of foodstuff results in energy consumption and greenhouse gases. Rather than shopping at a supermarket, visit a local farmer’s market and choose the best of that region. Choosing locally grown foods can go a long way in preserving the environment.
Get Fresh: Foods are preserved in massive cold storages to make them available even when they are not in season. Choosing fresh foods over frozen foods will reduce the energy spent in food processing, storage and transportation.
Try Organic: Consumption of organic food is beneficial because it is grown in the most natural way possible, without the use of synthetic fertilizers and chemicals, making it good for health and for the environment.
Promote the Right Practices: Farming practices that consume less energy and water must be promoted to ensure the well being of our environment. For instance, the amount of water that goes into farming and growing rice is of concern. Switching to brown rice or Quinoa will help cut back the energy use.
Each one of us can contribute to the environment by changing our food choices. This will encourage companies and the government to invest in the right practices, bring about a cumulative effect in the long run.
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