If you are concerned with your impact on the environment, you’d be glad to know that a few tweaks to your eating habits can make a big difference in the end.
Besides choosing to walk or cycle whenever possible, using environmentally friendly brands, and ditch cotton pads and single-use objects, did you know that changing your eating habits can reduce your carbon footprint? In fact, studies suggest that changing our eating habits could lead to a reduction of 70% greenhouse gas emissions and 50% water use. You can start by following these 9 tips!
1. Reduce your food waste
Food that ends up in landfills decomposes and emits methane potent greenhouse gas. Each person on the planet wastes around 194 to 389 kg of food per year and that is, for several reasons, unacceptable. Plan your meals, save your leftovers and buy only food that you know you are going to eat.
2. Stop using plastic
Using the least amount of plastic is one of the major contributions to a more sustainable lifestyle. Bring your own tote bags when you go shopping, choose reusable water bottles and store food in glass containers. Try not to buy so much take-out food as they are often packed in disposable wrappings.
3. Reduce your meat intake
The emissions from livestock production represent up to 14.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions produced by humans. Limit your meat intake to once a day, and try out a meat-free day a week. Instead, include more plant-based proteins such as legumes, nuts and seeds.
4. Reduce dairy intake as well
Eating less cheese and milk will also reduce your carbon footprint. In fact, dairy cattle and their manure emit gasses like methane, carbon dioxide, nitric oxide and ammonia. Cheese takes so much milk to produce that it actually causes more greenhouse gas emissions than pork, eggs and chicken. Instead, go for plant-based kinds of milk.
5. Eat fiber-rich foods
Not only does fiber improves your health, but it can also reduce your carbon footprint.
6. Have your own vegetable patch
Grow your veggies in your garden to benefit from healthy food and improved emotional wellbeing. Also, cultivating a plot of land will reduce your carbon footprint.
7. Don’t eat more calories than you need
Besides making you gain weight, eating more calories than you actually need can cause higher greenhouse gas emissions. Research suggests that Americans who produced the highest greenhouse gas emissions consumed 2.5 times more calories.
8. Buy locally
Supporting local farmers is great to reduce your carbon footprint as the food is not transported for long distances. Eating seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables will minimize your carbon footprint.
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