7 Ways to Eat Better and Save the Planet for Earth Day
In celebration of Earth Day here is a list of easy things you can do to eat better and make a positive impact on the planet.
I know that’s an easy one. Well what do you expect from a sustainable food company anyway? But seriously, eating organically will not only keep chemicals and toxins out of your body, it will also keep them out of watersheds, the soil and farmworkers bodies as well.
If your city has a yard waste composting program – use it! If it doesn’t, start composting at home.
You can use the resulting soil for planting flowers, garden amendment, garden pots, feeding the lawn or donate it to a friend that has a garden if you don’t. Worm bins can be a good way to get rich compost in a small space.
Plant your own herbs
Nothing spices up a dish like fresh herbs. They can also be easy and fun to grow yourself. All you need is a free window ledge or planter on your balcony or porch. Growing your own herbs can be rewarding and it’s a good way to use that compost!
Farmers markets will soon be in full swing as local farmers and artisans bring their goods to surrounding neighbors. Many supermarkets are also adding local products to their offerings.
Don’t quite have the time to peruse the local farmers market? Try an organic delivery service like Full Circle and we’ll bring the farmers market to you!
Purchase foods with less packaging
Often it is easier to get all your shopping done in one stop. But some stores tend to load on the packaging for ease of transportation. Try to avoid the waste of extra plastic and choose the unadorned glory of simple foods.
Eat more plants and less meat
Eating more fruits and vegetables with a decrease in meat and dairy has been shown to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, risks of cancer and heart disease.
Meat production is also a huge consumer of resources, grain-fed meat especially since it takes 100 pound of grain to produce one pound of meat. If you’re going to eat meat, eat grass-fed, free-range and in small portions.
Dine less – Dine local
Sick of cooking at home and want to head out for a night on the town? Dining out less can mean that when you do you can choose restaurants that may be on the pricier side, but that support local food production. Restaurants and chefs that support local farmers and artisans help build a stronger and safer local food economy.
What are some of the things you are doing to eat better for Earth Day? Let us know in the comments below.