It should go without saying that everything is connected. Human health, nutrition, the environment, soil health, biodiversity, climate.... Its all intertwined. 🌈 The climate crisis is a direct result of a number of unsustainable practises. Intensive and destructive agriculture being one of them. By making more sustainable choices when you eat, you are helping reduce the issue.
Where to start?? 🤔
•Try to eat as locally as possible and reduce food miles ✈ Read where your food is coming from.
•Embrace the seasons! 🍂 Strawberries are not a winter fruit, enjoy apples instead, and look forward to early summer strawberries next year! 🍓
•Buy organic. Even better, buy biodynamic! Pesticides and chemical fertilizers are killing our soils for short term gains. 🚜
•To coin the wonderful Michael Pollan, eat mostly plants! 🌱
•For those of us that can't avoid animal products, we can ensure they are reared naturally and sustainably. That means grass-fed beef, organic chickens, wild fish, dairy from grass-fed animals, organic eggs etc. This not only helps the animals and the environment, it will help with human health as well. 🐣
•For those that are vegetarian or vegan, dont backfill the lack of animal products with processed food! The farming practises used to make the ingredients for packaged food (and that is anything with an ingredients list) can be just as damaging to the environment. Stick to actual whole plants! (fruit, veg, beans, pulses etc) 🌱
•Take a bit of time to find out where your food comes from. If you cant find/afford an organic chicken, dairy from grass-fed animals or in season blueberries - check in with yourself. Dont just settle for the cheap chicken, processed cheese from GM grain fed cows and blueberries flown from the other side of the world, do you really need to eat these things? Can you eat a bit less of the good stuff or just substitute for something else?
I am always happy to answer questions if you have any about how to eat more sustainably! 👍🌎