Here are a few tips to keep in mind while eating food, irrespective of you being vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, or a meat-eater.
It could be herbs in a pot, tomatoes on a patio, or a small plot in your yard. Not much gives you a greater appreciation for what it takes to create food than to grow your own. The process can help you gain an understanding of the factors involved in making plants thrive, the attention needed to successfully grow food, and how precarious the process can be. Those insights may influence how you buy, use and dispose of food.
Shopping locally is a fun way to support your community. It keeps your money in the community in which you live and can help foster a healthy environment of diversity. When you purchase foods that were grown locally, it cuts down on the amount of fuel needed to ship the food to your market. Buy from the Kirana stores under your houses.
Initiate Conversations about Food
Talk with the vegetable and fruit vendors, personnel at your grocery store and restaurateurs, or the growing number of people who are paying attention to how foods get on their plates. You can discover new tips, learn about new resources and find more local, sustainably-minded food producers and providers.
Strawberries don't grow in Maharashtra during April, yet you can still buy them "fresh" at the time. This means they're likely coming from far, far away. When possible, focus on foods that are available in a season where you live and you'll be supporting sustainability.
Have Water from Home
Liquids can be heavy items to ship around the country and lots of fossil fuel is needed to tote them. Instead of purchasing bottled beverages, use a refillable bottle and fill it with water from the home water filter.
Rethink your Grocery List
Opt for foods in bulk, more minimally processed foods, and more plant-based meals. These choices often require less packaging, waste, energy, and water to produce them.
Eat More Variety
75% of the world’s food supply comes from just 12 plants and five animal species. Greater diversity in our diets is essential as the lack of variety in agriculture is both bad for nature and a threat to food security.
Follow these tips to become a more sustainable eater.