Crops are grown in fertile soils that are full of nutrients — and these end up in your food and then in you. Livestock are able to roam the fields and eat their natural food — grass — rather than being force-fed corn. And this leads to a much less fatty meat that keeps your heart healthier.
Water is a precious resource that is becoming scarce in many countries such as Egypt, Mexico, Pakistan and Australia. And even if you do not live in one of these arid countries, you may be wearing or using goods and consuming foods produced in those places, thus contributing to their water debt. One of the major impacts we can have personally is by moving towards a vegetarian diet, which requires about half the water to produce than a meat-based diet. It also makes sense to reduce your personal water consumption by practicing water conservation in your daily life:.
Give up meat completely or become a 'flexitarian' to save the planet, say experts
Think about where you do your shopping. Do you drive to the local shop when you need something — why not walk? Does your supermarket support green initiativesand offer local, organic foods? And think about where food comes from — if it is from the other side of the world, it will have a high transportation footprint.
A weekly food shop is a habit many of us follow…but is it an efficient use of time and resources? The average household throws away a third of the food that they buy as it is so easy to over-shop in those tempting supermarkets.
After all, they are designed to sell us as much as possible, whether we need it or not. What about shopping in bulk every other week for non-perishable goods, and using your local shops for fresh foods?
Food’s Carbon Footprint
Think creatively about how you can reuse and recycle. Glass jars and plastic containers make great storage options. Take your own shopping bags and say no to plastic bags. Take reusable produce bags for your fruit and vegetables — if you use the ethylene-absorbing bags it prolongs shelf-life too.
See a Problem?
A great way to save money, get fit and reduce your carbon footprint is to grow your own fruit and vegetables. If you have a garden or backyard, then it is a fun way to make sure your family has access to affordable, healthy, pesticide-free food. And even if you live in an apartment, what about using your balcony or even the communal outside areas?
Failing that, there is a growing movement ha! Vegan Lentil Bolognese Feb 21, AgTech at Food IT: Fork to Farm Jul 6, A Personal Story May 1, Why Food Waste is a good thing! Eat Organic, Drink Clean Nov 14, How green is my pumpkin?
No Thanksgiving for Turkeys Nov 16, Warm Bean Salad May 25, Food Policy and Public Health Sep 19, And we are not the only ones who are getting sick. The Earth-which provides the food, air, water and land that sustains us-is also under severe pressure.
The Climate Diet: How You Can Cut Carbon, Cut Costs, and Save the Planet
Gluttonous consumption of nature's trans-fats-carbon-based fossil fuels, deforestation and unsustainable resource use-is disrupting the global temperature-regulating machine that mother nature has carefully maintained for millions of years. Try as she may to keep from running a fever, the environmental reengineering wrought by six billion people, like a force of nature, is warming our world. At some point, something just has to give. We either take steps to put our personal lifestyles and planetary systems back into balance or we suffer the consequences.
So, what does any unhealthy overweight person do when the doctor tells him or her that they are eating themselves into an early grave? Go on a diet The Climate Diet offers an optimistic, easy to understand and engaging message. It has never been easier for families to cut back on their use of fossil fuels and protect the climate all while saving money.