The choices we make about what we eat each day really can have some major environmental consequences. It’s easy to forget about the energy, water, chemicals and effort used to produce everyday food items like chocolate bars, soft drink or a packet of chips. Not to mention the fuel burnt getting these items to you.
Here are a few ideas for reducing that impact.
- Eat lower on the food chain – Meat production can be energy, resource and pollution intensive.
- Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes is healthier and easier on the planet. Consider exploring vegetarian options.
- Eat locally – it saves transportation costs and helps the local economy, too!
- Take only as much as you can eat!
- Avoid throwaway plates, cups, flatware and trays. Carry and use your reusable mug.
- Eat at food service areas where you can use ceramic plates and cups, metal silverware and reusable trays.
- Avoid take-out food which is over-packaged.