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3 Easy Tips if You Want to Eat Sustainably

Be a responsible eater to help save our environment!

Over the years, we’ve all heard about the growing movement to promote sustainable living. Environmental experts and activists have been encouraging people around the world to change their ways of living to help protect the environment. Saving energy, recycling old items, and donating unused items are just some of the common and easy ways to live sustainably.

But how do you eat sustainably? We can’t just recycle food or donate leftovers to do it, of course. (Read: DENR Celebrates Earth Day With ‘Community Pan-TREE’)

Luckily, environmental organizations are giving us tips and ways on how to do sustainable eating easily! Here are some of them.

Sustainable Eating 101: Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Photo from American Heart Association

Meat might be delicious and easy to cook, but it’s not the case when it comes to livestock farming. Raising animals such as chickens, cows, and pigs depletes the Earth’s resources as it requires a lot of feeds and water — not to mention, it also emits greenhouse gases!

That is why a lot of environmental advocates promote eating more plant-based food, as it requires minimal care and doesn’t need a lot of resources to grow. (Read: How a Slight Change in Your Diet Can Help Fight Climate Change)

Sustainable Eating 101: Grow Your Own Food

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Ever since the pandemic started last year, many have been advocating for urban gardening. One of the reasons would be to help with your mental health amid the isolation, another is to improve food security in the country, and lastly, to reduce carbon footprint.

Unbeknownst to some, buying packaged goods from the grocery (whatever item it may be) leaves a carbon footprint, as the machinery and equipment used to pack these items emit harmful substances into waters and the atmosphere. Growing and eating food from your garden reduces the harmful emissions seeing that you don’t need to pack and unpack anything. (Read: Gardening in the City? Here Are Some Tips From an Expert!)

Sustainable Eating 101: Choose Your Food Responsibly

Farmer is collecting free range organic chicken eggs (Photo from Westend61/Cavan Images)

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), around 94% of our fish stocks are overfished— meaning the fish population gets depleted easily, making it hard for them to recover. That is why you should always look at who you are buying your food from, and how they manage their livestock and seafood.

Make sure that they are responsible businesses that not only care about income, but also the environment. You can also check this link for sustainable products that you can buy to help care for the environment.

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