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6 Diet Changing Tips To Save Our Planet

18 November 2022 | 2 Min Read

Recently released public research suggests that people are willing to take on more of a responsibility and change their behaviours to better the environment. The key takeaway was that they didn't know where to start. Fortunately, you've landed in the right place to start learning about new ways to make a positive impact on our planet.

 

Food. We all know it, we all love it, and it's an essential part of life. Though, because of our obvious dependency on it, we often overlook the damage it's causing our planet. Food production is a key contributor to air and water pollution, alongside the loss of wildlife.

 

There are simple things each of us can do to reduce this impact and make changes for the better. We've put together a list of 6 things we can all start doing today.

Table of Contents

    1. Understand the process

    Our first tip is to simply understand what food is, in terms of a ‘product’. Often times we don't give it much thought, food simply appears in the supermarket, but how did it get there? There is of course an entire food chain and system that produces, markets and delivers our food. Most of these stages cause damage to the planet. We believe that simply having an awareness and understanding of this process will allow you to make more sustainable food choices.

    2. Buy Local

    Switching your habits to buying locally-produced food is a great way to cut back on the part of the food chain that is responsible for causing the most environmental damage, and that's transportation. Locally produced food doesn't have to be transported across countries to reach your plate. Not only this, locally produced food has a lower ground-to-plate time, meaning more nutrients are preserved.

    3. Switch to a plant-based diet

    Research tells us that eating meat and dairy products contributes to a larger carbon footprint and the global climate crisis as a whole. Switching to a predominantly plant-based diet can be a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and stay healthy at the same time. It's not necessarily important that we all adopt a vegan diet, though it would be beneficial if we all adopted a vegan mindset. 

     

    Perhaps meat doesn't need to be entirely cut out from your diet, think about sustainable ways to obtain it. Supporting your local butcher is almost certainly a more sustainable way to eat meat as opposed to supermarket alternatives.

    4. Reduce your food waste

    This is a big one, and I'm sure many of us are guilty of this from time to time. Reduce your food waste! We can all make an effort to ensure we aren't wasting food, think about how much you are throwing out each week. Maybe you are buying too much? Or perhaps it goes ‘off’ before you get a chance to eat it? Many of us are guilty of putting too much emphasis on food dates. Sell-by dates are guidelines. These dates are often much less than they need to be to save the backs of big corporations. Use your head to identify whether food is still safe to eat or not, within reason of course. 

     

    On that note, buying from the reduced section in supermarkets is a great way to reduce your weekly food shop costs.

    5. Avoid unnecessary food packaging

    Avoiding unnecessary food packaging is a great way to help save the planet, remember small changes add up to make the biggest impact.

    One to remember

    It's worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.”

     

     - Queen Elizabeth II

    Avoid products that demand wasteful packaging, things such as:

     

    • Plastic food trays
    • Individually wrapped fruit and vegetables
    • Coffee pods
    • Food pouches

    6. Grow your own food

    Ultimately one of the best and most effective ways to help save our planet, with food choices, is to grow your own fresh food. Not only will you gain some valuable experience to pass down to future generations, but you will also be healthier as a result and save money at the same time! They all sound like pretty big wins to us, don't you agree?

     

    Not having a garden to fulfil such fruitful activities isn't necessarily a problem, there are plenty of allotments that can be obtained to help you on your journey to becoming more ‘green-fingered’.

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