Eating Green: For You & the Earth

Did you know you can make a positive change for the environment through your eating choices? Eating green can be taken to various levels of impact. Here are eight steps you can take to help the earth while also improving your health:

  1. Eat organic. These foods are produced with significantly less or no chemicals. Not only are you helping your body by eating healthier foods, but you are protecting entire ecosystems (fields, water sources, insects, etc.). Factory farms often have a great deal of waste and some animal meat producers treat the animals in ways that are cruel.
  2. Eat what you have in your fridge. Food bits in landfills release methane gas, which increases global warming. By eating what’s in the fridge, you save on waste. What you don’t/can’t eat, put into a composte. Try not to over-buy to avoid food spoiling in the fridge.
  3. Avoid excessive packaging. Purchase foods that come in minimal packaging that leads to unnecessary waste. (Not to mention all the processing and chemicals that may have gone into making the package in the first place.) If you do need to purchase foods that come in packaging, try to grab items in packages you can reuse, like glass jars.
  4. Buy local. Farmers markets are a fun place to shop and you get the meet the food producers face-to-face. This relationship helps create a sense of responsibility in food producers. Buying local also cuts down on unneeded packaging, processing costs, marketing, shipping, etc.
  5. Start a garden. Growing your own food is fun, and gets you outside and moving!
  6. Choose fast reproducing fish. Anchovies and sardines are good examples of fish that reproduce quickly and are healthy to eat.
  7. Eat raw foods. This helps cut back on electricity costs/gas emissions – depending on your stove.
  8. Cut back on meat consumption. Raising meat can be rough on the environment. Livestock are responsible for a lot of methane gas in the atmosphere which has a significant impact on global warming. Plus, think of all the land and water required to grow the grain to feed animals and the chemicals used on those grains to keep them weed and insect free.

These are just a few ways you can eat green. Have any ideas of your own? Add your comments and share with us!