Food is something we don’t write about a lot here on Planetsave, leaving that more to our sister site Eat Drink Better. But it’s a critical part of a green life. Think about how much food you eat and compare that to how many clothes you buy or how many other products you buy…. There’s no comparison.
Food is a huge part of our environmental footprint. Livestock, alone, account for somewhere between 18% and 51% of humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, depending on who you ask.
Food is also transported all over the world, using tons of energy and creating tons of emissions, and it is packaged in environmentally unfriendly plastic and paper products. So, the question is, can you be an environmentalist if you don’t green your diet? (And, what exactly qualifies as greening your diet anyway?)
Well, on the one hand, I think everyone who cares about the environment (and is doing anything to help protect it) can call themself an environmentalist. Of course, though, with inaction on this matter, a pretty huge gap or schism is created.
So, what are the best ways to green your diet? Do the following (at least, as much as you can):
- Eat raw.
- Eat vegan.
- Eat vegetarian.
- Eat local foods. (Important, but apparently not as important as eating vegetarian.)
- Eat less.
- Eat non-processed foods and foods not packaged in plastic.
More tips to share? Drop them in the comments below.
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