Tips about how to "eat green"
"Eating green” is not only adding salad and legumes into our diet; instead it means consuming healthier foods that benefit us and are less harmful to the environment to grow and produce. In general, sustainable agriculture is using practices intended to protect the environment, respect natural resources and maintain soil fertility. We eat green when we consume sustainably produced foods.
Here below some practices to consider:
1. Buy organic foods locally produced and whenever possible directly from the farm
In doing so we support our community and farms practicing sustainability. Food tastes better and at same time we give our contribution to sustainable agriculture for a greener and healthier planet.
2. Less meat consumption
If we could reduce our meat intake we would be able also to have a positive impact on the environment.
Livestock production specifically generates nearly a fifth of the world’s greenhouse gases.
We should purchase meat from ethically known sources. We should also check for labels and certifications such as “grass fed” and “organic”, for a more ethical and sustainable choice; in addition and whenever possible we should purchase meat from a local farmer.
3. Sustainable labels checking
Before just grabbing items to buy at the grocery store, we should consider checking how the food js produced and where it cames from. This will help determine if we are proper supporting a sustainable practice. Although it may take a little more time to spend at the store, with this simple initiative we help out the planet by choosing foods that allow us to to eat-green.
4. Reducing food waste
An estimated 30-40 percent of the food supply is wasted. Food-waste is the single largest component going into landfills; it quickly generates methane, a greenhouse gas with heat-trapping effects stronger than C02. In general food waste is the third largest source of methane.
There are many ways you to cut down on the food we do not eat.
Some restaurants recycle food waste as well as tissue paper and fruit peel by converting it into organic fertilizer, normally used for landscaping; non-potable water is also used for general washing and cleaning.
▪ Avoid over-buying stock
▪ Store food correctly
▪ Label food correctly
▪ Keep the stock inventory updated
▪ Keep a close eye on portion control
▪ Donate leftovers to a local charity
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