The Above Tips Are Definitely Great Ways To Make Your Routine More Green.


Here are some tips from Care2 to improving your diet to make it more environmentally friendly:

Step 1: Eating Organically Produced Food

Organic agriculture strives toward being sustainable, meaning that which can be continued indefinitely, without depletion of resources beyond a rate that they could be renewed.

Step 2 and 3: Eating Local, Seasonal Food

Eating local, seasonal food supports local farms and saves the energy that would be used to refrigerate and transport food many miles.

Step 4: Eating a Variety of Food

“The loss of genetic diversity—silent, rapid, inexorable—is leading us to a rendezvous with extinction, to the doorstep of hunger on a scale we refuse to imagine,” writes Kenny Ausubel in the book Seeds of Change: The Living Treasure. Organic farms grow a wide variety of plants to keep the soil healthy and preserve diversity. Industrial farms, on the other hand, monocrop, meaning they grow nothing but a few commodities.

Step 5: Eating Low on the Food Chain

Humans can eat both high and low on the food chain and be adequately nourished. Residues of persistent chemicals such as DDT, PCBs, dioxin, and many pesticides concentrate in animal fat.

Step 6: Eating Whole Foods with Adequate Fiber

Whole foods are nutritionally complex and complete. Refined foods have had much of their nutritional value and fiber removed.

Step 7: Avoiding Processed Food

The average American eats 150 pounds of additives a year, much of which is sugar and salt. Three thousand additives are intentionally used in processed food. Many of these additives, such as hydrogenated oils, can cause health problems.

Step 8: Reducing Packaging for Public Health and the Environment

Chlorine and dioxin are just two chemical compounds that are released in the manufacture of many packaging materials. Toxic chemicals can also migrate to your food from packaging.

You can also remove (or at least reduce) meat and animal products from your diet. "Believe it or not, about one third (35%) of the world’s grain crops, as well as soy, go not to feed humans directly but to feed livestock–usually cattle, whether for dairy or meat or both. These animals also take heavy tolls on water and land. Vegetarian and vegan lifestyles reduce the amount of livestock and so reduce the amount of these resources we consume…by proxy. Humans can live perfectly healthy lives without animal products."


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Feb 22, 2010