Good Food Choices
When we eat, we never think about how the food arrived at our table. Food production involves considerable use of resources from soil to water and energy, not to mention the acres of forest knocked down to free land to crop. It also causes pollution through the pesticide used and gas produced by live stocks. Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all the world’s transportation systems combined.*
If food waste could be a country, it would be the 3rd major polluter in the world after China and USA.
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year (approximately 1.3 billion tonnes) gets lost or wasted.
Fruits and vegetables, plus roots and tubers have the highest wastage rates of any food.
In Washington State only, 1 meatless meal for 30 days would save carbon from the atmosphere equivalent to 5.3 million trees helping to clean air for 10 years!
Food & Agriculture Organization
Reasons to Eat Responsibly
Those are the reasons why we need to eat responsibly. When we throw away food, we also waste precious and limited natural resources. We can’t afford it anymore! We are billions on this Earth and resources are limited.
Local and seasonal fresh produce are more delicious and sustainable!
They haven't travelled miles producing carbon fossils, and requires less chemicals and pesticides.
Eat more vegetables and beans as source of proteins. There are plenty of recipes and suggestions both on line and in cooking magazine. Search for vegetarian, meatless meals or check EAT website.
Don’t buy too much food, try to remember what you already have at home when you go grocery shopping. Buy what you really need and finish out what you have.
Eat imperfect produce. This is a new trend that is taking place. We are not perfect and so produce! Don’t get fooled by their look, they are still nutritious and delicious!!
Don’t let food go rotten, share food in excess with family and friends or freeze it, if possible, to use it later on. Don’t be ashamed about it and help to spread good habits!
Eat less meat. The meat industry is responsible for approximately 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions
Eat Out Sensibly
When you eat out, share your dish with someone else if you think you are not going to have it all. Don’t order too much, share dishes within your party and take home the left overs. Don’t let food and natural resources go to waste!