Climate change is no more a myth, and if you are anxious about it, you need to focus on what you are eating. Food happens to be the source of one-third of the greenhouse gas emissions per year and contributes to polluting the environment more than the transportation sector.
And the food production process is not to blame alone, as replacing the current diet with healthy choices seems like a daunting task for consumers too. If you want to really make a difference, here are some tips for you.
Influence of proteins
One can always change their habit of replacing meat with vegetables. You can bring about a change in the environment by skipping eating meat on Mondays.
Meatless Mondays can decrease gas footprints up to seven percent. It might come as a surprise, but skipping the beef for a week can save gas emissions equal to the gas emitted by car from driving 348 miles.
Whenever you are buying seafood or at a restaurant that serves seafood, always ask for sustainable seafood. Oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops are a viable option if you are eating at a restaurant. Moreover, regularly check seafood watch to get a know-how of what seafood is ok to eat,
The pesticide issue
Pesticides are known to contaminate the soil and water. Moreover, these sprays have negative impacts on the grown food too. There are numerous health risks associated with pesticide residues. Always go for organic food and include more dairy items in your life.
Let’s talk local
There is no possible way of defining what local means. There is a definition that goes like; anything that grows within 100 miles of your home is local.
Try to eat local, as when you eat local there are fewer chances that it will be transported anywhere else, hence less transport gas emission and even lesser carbon footprints.
Ways to reduce food waste
Make use of every last bit of food, build weekly meal plans and cook accordingly, use refrigerators to store leftovers for future use, choose less processed and more organic foods, as plane rice is a more suitable option than seasoned rice.
Feel no shame in bringing the leftovers from the restaurant to home. Don’t overbuy organic food too, as the organic food more likely gets expired soon and is unsuitable for eating if expired.