Protecting the biodiversity can start right in your home. By being kind to the Earth and to our bodies through promoting sustainable food, we can control greenhouse gas emissions, support farmers by providing them with livable incomes, eat healthier and fresher produce, reduce food waste, conserve natural resources like oil and the nutrients in soil, and reduce the demand for livestock (which effects the climate) just to start.
With today’s technology, people don’t think twice about the fact that when they walk into the grocery store every kind of produce, whether it is out of season or not, is readily available to them. It doesn’t cross their minds in the midst of their shopping, that the way food is being produced today requires a high input of fossil fuels, global sourcing and impacts the environment greatly. Sustainable Eating is not a diet but rather a lifestyle choice that helps us understand and connect with what will restore our health, economy and environment. The change has to take place in our culture and our routines in daily life.
The rules of participating in sustainable eating:
Buy local food to minimize the energy used to produce, store and transport the food.
Reduce the consumption of animal by-products like meat, dairy and eggs.
Select seafood that is not noted as “at-risk” by the Marine Conservation Society.
Support organic farming and urban gardening.
Avoid processed foods and cook fresh and healthy meals.
Being conservative and reducing our carbon footprint by changing where we invest our time and money into can be beneficial on a global and environmental level. It’s starts with the choices that everyday people make and can impact the resources available for future generations and non-human species alike.