How to Eat a More Sustainable Diet – Part 2

Buy fair trade

When you purchase foods that are fair trade, you’re investing in a movement with a purpose to improve the working environment of farmers and holding farms responsible for meeting environmental standards. Whether a cereal or a chocolate bar, purchasing fair trade food means that you’re buying GMO-free foods that were made with sustainably-sourced water and soil. The majority of fair trade food is also organic.

Buy ugly-looking fruits and vegetables

This might sound odd but when you’re shopping for food, look for the ugliest fruits and vegetables you can find. Studies show that somewhere between 20- and 40 per cent of American produce goes to waste simply because it’s considered too unattractive for shoppers. That’s a huge waste of food, as well as money, time, and resources.

If you can’t see ugly fruits and vegetables at your supermarket (which isn’t uncommon), as a staff member if they have any that didn’t quite make the display section. You’ll save nutritious and perfectly fine food from going to waste. Many stores refuse to stock ugly food but there are some that do, so you’ll need to do some research.

Eat less packaged and processed foods

Fruits, vegetables, and nuts take up just two per cent of America’s crops acreage, with 60 per cent of it used for cereal grains harvested for edible oils and packaged food, neither of which are known for their nutritional value. Therefore, unknown to us, much of the food that we eat is mainly comprised of corn and soy, which takes up a lot of resources to make, and on land that could otherwise be used for fresh produce.

Pizza, cola, buscuits and sausage rolls

The fewer packaged and processed foods we eat, the more we do to lessen the demand for these products. Hopefully, then we’ll see more land available for the growth of fresh produce that will, in turn, improve our health.

Buy your food in bulk

If you become a member of Costco, you can bulk food more regularly. You’ll cut down on the amount packaging that you’re only going to throw away, anyway, and there will be less transportation needed to take it home or have it delivered to you.

The Bulk is Green Council and Portland State University conducted a study that shows that if every American bought their food in bulk just once a week, there would be 26 million pounds less water going into a landfill in a single month. It would also cost you less.

Compost your food waste

We all know from when we were young that we should avoid wasting food when we can. So as opposed to throwing out food scraps into the bins that we also use for household rubbish, we could instead start composting. If you don’t have a garden at home for one, there’s no shortage of places that will benefit from it. You’ll cut down on waste collection costs, ensure your scraps don’t go to landfills, and reduces your carbon footprint.