Today, I want to encourage you to make your food consumption more sustainable by adopting any one of these 4 tips!
1) The average American dines out at least 4 times per week. Try skipping out on one restaurant meal per week to start, or get into the habit of splitting meals with your friends. When you do eat out, look for restaurants that get their ingredients locally and recycle waste.
2) A lot of heavily-processed snack foods are terrible for the planet (not to mention you). The shelf-stable ingredients are often genetically and chemically modified with no regard for nutrition or sustainability. Make a point of snacking on whole, fresh, organic treats like almonds, apples and cheese.
3) Join a Community Supported Agriculture group also known as a CSA. CSAs are a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. There are now meat CSAs in addition to produce. This is an affordable way to get a bulk of your groceries while reducing the environmental impact of a middleman.
4) Eat less meat. You don’t have to become a vegetarian to be a green consumer, but reducing meat consumption is a major way to lighten your environmental impact. It’s been estimated that beef consumption may in fact be worse for the planet, in the aggregate, than driving. So try incorporating one vegetarian meal each week (some friends of mine call this Meatless Mondays, for fun) or what I do is make meat the side dish rather than the main entree.
Contributed by Brooke Lehenbauer, Public Awareness & Volunteer Coordinator