sustainable eating best practices

Sustainable Eating: 11 Best Practices For Eating Sustainably

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Who this micro-class is for

* Everyone

What you’ll learn

* The best practices for sustainable eating

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* Less than 6 minutes to complete

About this micro-class

The journey towards sustainable eating is a gradual process. Small changes collectively make a significant impact. By adopting these practices, we’re contributing to a healthier planet and setting an example for others.

1. Local and Seasonal

Opt for locally sourced and seasonal produce. This helps reduce the carbon footprint associated with long-distance transportation.

Visit farmers’ markets or consider joining a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program to connect with local farmers.

2. Reduce Food Waste

Be mindful of portion sizes to minimize food waste.

Before buying groceries, make a menu plan for the week and buy only what you need.

Properly store and use leftovers creatively to extend the life of your food.

3. Avoid Resource-intensive Foods

Limit your consumption of foods that have a high footprint. Some foods’ production requires a large amount of resources, such as water or soil, or affects negatively the ecosystem.

Examples include avocados, bananas, tree nuts like almonds, and sugar from sugarcane.

4. Plant-Based Focus

Incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet. Plant-based diets generally have a lower environmental impact compared to diets heavy in animal products.

Explore diverse and delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes to make the transition enjoyable.

5. Mindful Meat Consumption

If you consume meat, prioritize sustainably sourced and ethically raised options.

Reduce meat intake, and consider adopting a “flexitarian” approach, where you consume meat in moderation and focus on plant-based meals.

6. Support Sustainable Fisheries

If you consume seafood, choose options certified by sustainable seafood organizations like the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Educate yourself on overfishing and make informed choices to support healthier oceans.

7. Smart Shopping

Choose products with minimal packaging, and bring your own reusable bags and containers.

Look for eco-friendly certifications and labels that indicate sustainable practices.

8. Mindful Water Usage

Be aware of the water footprint of your food choices. Some foods, especially meat and certain crops, have high water requirements.

Consider reducing your consumption of water-intensive products.

9. Home Gardening

If possible, try growing some of your own food at home. This not only reduces your environmental impact but also connects you with the food production process.

10. Continuous Learning

Stay informed about the environmental impact of different foods and farming practices.

Support and advocate for policies that promote sustainable agriculture and food systems.

11. Educate Others

Share your knowledge and experiences with friends and family to spread awareness about sustainable eating.

Encourage open discussions about food choices and their environmental implications.

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