How to Eat a More Sustainable Diet – Part 1

While many people constantly endeavour to eat a more healthy and balanced diet, that doesn’t mean that it’s a more sustainable one. It’s every bit as important, in the world in which we live, to adopt a diet with sustainability in mind.

The Earth has been harmed by the animal agriculture industry and so we’re relying more on soil from abroad for our produce. Therefore, we need to think about what we can do to cook and eat in a way that will slow the progress of our planet’s deterioration, as opposed to speeding it up.

Eating more sustainable doesn’t mean that your life needs a radical change. You won’t need to throw out everything in your fridge and kitchen cupboards. You will simply need to make minor adjustments in order to reduce your carbon footprint. The first thing to do is to increase your knowledge on the subject so that you become more aware of how to eat more sustainably.

Think about the way in which your food was grown, where it came from, and what effects it has on the environment. If you don’t know the answers to any of these questions, then consult the Internet. For now, here are a few ways in which you can make a start.

Buy as much seasonal produce as possible

If you feel like eating a mango but the supermarket doesn’t seem to have any ripe ones available (or there are a few but way overpriced), that’s a sign that you shouldn’t be eating them right now. Instead, opt for something that’s in season because that’s a great way of supporting local businesses and farmers.

Produce that’s in season needs less artificial assistance for growth, so there’ll be less human involvement, such as the addition of chemicals and pesticides. It also means that you can domestic food, as opposed to from abroad which reduces food mileage, and therefore also reduces your carbon footprint. If you need extra help in finding out what food is in season, visit your local farmer’s market. That’s another great way to support local businesses.

Eat fewer animal products

If you ate vegan just one day a week, you would be helping the planet more than eating a locally-sourced diet every day of the week. By adopting a vegan diet, you’re reducing your carbon footprint by 50 per cent, due to all of the natural resources it takes in the mass production of animal products.  Even if you don’t become a full-time vegan, you could make an impact by eating plant-based foods a day or two a week.

By reducing your intake of animal products, you will afford the planet more fresh water, as well as saving land being bought and used for animal agriculture. You reduce the levels of methane into the atmosphere. If everyone modified their diet to just a small degree, the impact could be significant. If you’re unsure how to cook vegan food, there are numerous resources available to create some very tasty plant-based food.