I’m sure that most of you already know the basics of leading an environmentally friendly life. You know the kinds of things; things such as trying to use only renewable energy sources or recycling all of your old packaging. But did you also know that it’s important to be more eco-conscious about the food that you eat? The food industry has a huge impact on the environment and climate change, largely down to all the industrial farming that takes place. If we all try to live greener through our food, we could do our bit in improving the world’s environment and climate.
Here are some great eco-friendly tips for all you foodies out there.
Think About Where Your Food Comes From
The only way you can completely know that your food is 100% eco-friendly and organic is to grow and produce it yourself. Unfortunately, growing and making enough food for you and your whole family will be extremely time consuming. Instead, you need to put your faith in farmers, producers, and manufacturers. So, you need to do your research to make sure your food is coming from suppliers that use ethical and green production methods. You could contact suppliers directly to find out about their production methods. It’s also a good idea to look at trade publications for some insider info.
One of the things that can really waste a lot of energy in cooking is boiling food and ingredients. Leaving a pan of cold water to boil on the stove will take a considerable amount of time and energy. Thankfully, though, there are ways to reduce all of this. First of all, you should use a pan that is just the right size. Using one that is too big will take up too much water, which will increase boiling time. You should also pre-boil the water in a kettle. Kettles use a lot less energy than your stove does, and this will drastically cut down boiling time on the stove. Try using a pressure cooker or even better try using an Instant Pot which saves you loads of time and energy.
Did you know that livestock and the meat industry has a really negative impact on the environment and climate change? This industry produces a huge amount of emissions each year because of the various methods of farming. Because of this, quite a few people are now trying to reduce their weekly meat intake in their diets. If you are interested in cutting down your own meat intake, you might want to start taking part in meat-free Mondays. This is a new intiatives that encourages people to have one day without any meat.
It is also extremely important to make sure you buy organically raised grass fed meat and not factory farmed. Buy your meat from a local farmer if possible to ensure you know what it is fed and how they are raised. Make sure the meat you eat is the not loaded with hormones and fed GMO grains.
Be Careful With Eating Out
Once you are careful about the food you cook in your own kitchen, it’s important that you don’t trip out whenever you eat out. After all, not every eatery will be as bothered about eco-friendly food as you will. Generally speaking, most vegetarian and vegan restaurants will be safe to eat in, but it’s always important to fully research everywhere you plan to visit.
Hopefully, this has whetted your appetite for some eco-friendly organic food!
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