Going Green is not all about reducing your energy bills and recycling. It is also about adopting a green diet, by preferring more environmentally friendly foods. It is important to understand how our food choices can help save the environment. The following green diet tips will not only help you to save money but will also benefit your health.
1. Prefer seasonal food from local producers
Eating seasonal and locally produced food (grocery, meat, fish etc) means that a lot of energy is saved that would otherwise be used to refrigerate and transport the food from many miles away. Seasonal and locally produced food is usually much cheaper as there is abundance of it. It is also beneficial for health and much tastier.
2. Consume organically produced food
Always prefer certified organic produce. Organically produced food, is a step forward towards sustainability. Sustainability is one of the key concepts of green energy and it means that we can indefinitely produce food without any impact on the environment or exhaustion of resources at a rate that they cannot be renewed. Organically, locally seasonal products are the most preferred type of food and the most sustainable.
3. Avoid Genetically Modified (GM) food
The potential impact of genetically modified products to the environment and to our health is not yet well understood and so it is best to be avoided. As such it is not GM products are not allowed to be used in the production of organic food.
4. Avoid takeout or pre-packed foods
It is best to avoid take away and pre-packed food in order to reduce the amount of plastics, foils and other package containers. Instead, prefer to cook your own food. It is healthier, cheaper, and environmentally friendlier. You will know exactly what types of food goes into your body, you will avoid supplements, preservatives, color, and any other products that go into pre-packed foods in order to make the food preserve for longer and look nicer. If you will, from time to time, eat takeout food prefer restaurants that promote organic food and use recyclable packaging.
5. Gown your own garden
Growing your own garden is the best and most sustainable way of producing your own vegetables and herbs. You can produce organic vegetables, free from chemicals, tastier and much more beneficial for your health. Plant fruits and vegetables according to season, so that you will enjoy a variety of fresh seasonal products throughout the year.
6. Reduce red meat consumption
Livestock farming is one the main causes of climate change. It is estimated that more than 25% of human related methane emissions (greenhouse gas) is due to large amounts of livestock on the planet. Excessive red meat consumption can also be harmful to your health as it is associated with high cholesterol and other heart problems. Instead introduce to your diet fruits, vegetables, nuts and wholegrain products.
7. Avoid bottled water
Bottled waters cause a large waste of plastic bottles. Its best, and much cheaper as well, to install a water filtration system. For water storage use reusable glass bottles and jugs.