5 easy tips for a green diet

A green diet simply means making smarter shopping decisions. Buy only what you need. Reduce your meat consumption and avoiding factory-farmed foods and you will be eating a green diet.

green diet

A green diet simply means making smarter shopping decisions.  Buy only what you need.  Reduce your meat consumption and avoiding factory-farmed foods and you will be eating a green diet.

The food industry has a huge impact on the global environment.  The emissions released and resources used are damaging.  We all need to eat.  However, most of us don’t eat a green diet.

By following these 5 easy tips you can make sure you eat a green diet and limit your impact on the environment.


Grow your own:

This green diet tip is great on many levels.  You are reducing the food miles of your produce.  You also have to make fewer trips to the store.  Aside from reducing the carbon emissions of growing your own food, you will also be rewarded for eating the item when it is most nutritious.

You get healthier, save money, and limit your impact on the environment.


Eat everything you buy:

By eating everything you buy, you will be reducing how much you waste.  This green diet tip is all about planning.  Simply plan your weekly meals before you go shopping.  Also make a list and stick to it.  This way there will not be any waste food at the end of the week.

One extra tip is to avoid impulse buying.  More than likely you will end up throwing away this impulse buy.


Buy fair trade:

A green diet does not only concern itself with the environment.  The people who grow your food should be paid fairly.  Purchase products that a fair trade certified.  You can then be sure the farmer received a fair wage with good working conditions.

Supporting farmers with fair trade also provides funds to move towards organic farming methods.


Eat less meat:

A green diet will consist of less meat and dairy than a normal diet.  This is because meat production uses huge amounts of water and energy.  Vegetables and grain require much less for a much larger yield.

Meat production also pumps large volumes of methane into the atmosphere contributing to global warming.  Animal waste pollutes coastal ecosystems.

Have a diet that leans towards fruits, vegetables and grains.  However, if you must eat meat, cut back.  Have 2 or 3 days where you don’t eat meat.


Avoid factory-farmed food:

This green diet tip has two benefits.  The first was touched upon in the previous section.  Animal rearing causes huge volumes of waste.  This waste runs off into our streams and coastal regions.  As the waste is full of fertilisers it promotes the growth of algae.

Overgrown algae then prevent the growth of other life forms.  This waste also pollutes our fresh water supplies.

The second benefit is that moving away from factory-farmed food you are supporting free-range production.  This gives the animal a better quality of life.  Yes, you will have to pay slightly more but it is a responsible shopping purchase.  You will also get a much better quality product in return.


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