10 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint Through Food Choices

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A website recently delineated a simple list of 10 ways that you can reduce your environmental footprint through changes in your food choices.

The list is fairly straightforward and involves changes that any person in any country can make to reduce their carbon footprint. Substantive facts for each item are also laid out and explained along with a brief description of how the change can affect the environment in a positive manner.

Here’s the list of changes you can make to your food choices to reduce your environmental footprint:

  1. Eat less beef, pork, and lamb
  2. Eat out at restaurants less often
  3. Eat fewer dairy products
  4. Drink fewer soft drinks
  5. Eat seasonal and local fruits and vegetables
  6. Eat fewer packaged snacks and junk food
  7. Upgrade to an energy efficient refrigerator
  8. Eat wild fish that are not endangered
  9. Drink less bottled water
  10. Walk to your local farmers market or grocery store

You can see the full list here.

The great thing about this is that none of these actions is difficult, expensive, or time intensive to perform.Β  In fact, each of these activities, by themselves or collectively will probably make you healthier, better fed, and even happier?

If you think about how you can reduce your carbon footprint and make yourself and your household more environmentally friendly, it’s going to be small changes like the ones listed.Β  Not everyone has the desire or means to move off the grid and live in a self-sufficient cabin in the wilderness, but small changes add up, and small changes are sustainable and can be built upon.

This is also by no means an exhaustive list, there are many other changes you can make to your food lifestyle and consumption habits to reduce your environmental impact, but these are definitely 10 ways to start and get the most bang for your buck.

Decided that you’re going to eat less meat?Β  Check out the fantastic recipes in the article 8 Meat-Free Sandwich Ideas.Β  Are you going to make an effort to eat the most sustainable wild fish?Β  Then have a gander at How to Find the Most Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Fish for Your Dinner Table.

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  1. Great ideas! In fact, a lot of them are inherently LESS expensive, like eating less meat and drinking less bottled water.

  2. Getting out of the city and really enjoying a few days in the brush with some dudes and beer is the best way to spend a weekend in the summer, Im excited to get out there with my new knife.

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