Socially Responsible Eating Tips
Eating green is not really a new thing. There was a time when most people ate food from their gardens. Everyone had a garden in their back (or even their front) yard. Slowly that came out of fashion after World War II was over and people put their victory gardens to rest. Thankfully, however, the importance of eating responsibly is making a comeback.
* Know Where Your Food Originated If you know where your food comes from, you can avoid eating food with strange additives and chemicals. The truth is, if you can source most of your food only in your home country, youre going to do far more than almost any other effort you make for the environment and your community. The money you’re spending in your community stays in your community.
* Bring Your Own Bags One of the things that adds to landfills is bags. Instead of using new bags every time you shop, buy reusable bags that you can easily wash and use again and again. If you unload groceries and store the bags in your trunk, youll be much less likely to forget and buy new bags.
* Buy Unpackaged Products in Bulk One way to cut back on waste is to buy bulk products using reusable containers that you bring with you. Check with your store to find out the practices with this, but you should be able to bring your glass containers or whatever you want instead of using their plastic bags. The fewer packaging items you buy, the better.
* Learn about the Store Before shopping anywhere, take the time to learn about the store, the owners, and their own practices and participation in your community.
* Buy Local The more things you can buy in your local area from local people (instead of chain stores), the more money youll keep in your local community. Plus, the produce grown locally is healthier for you since you get to eat it closer to the time it was picked.
* Eat Less Meat and Dairy While this is a controversial thing due to the proliferation of low-carb diets, the fact is that eating less meat and dairy will help the environment. Both add a lot of waste to the environment, but mostly because of factory farming. You can visit a free-range farm locally, and it wont be as bad on the environment as a factory farm.
* Try to Find Organic Food If your food is certified organic, it will come from more sustainable growing practices. However, do ask the farmer yourself about their practices. Some small local farmers dont get the certification even though they use organic practices.
* Eat More Raw Food When you cook food, you have to use energy. Therefore, it follows that if you eat more of your food raw, youll avoid adding to the environmental pollution. However, dont eat your meat and fish raw, just your produce.
* Learn to Preserve Your Food One way to eat better all year, while also enjoying local food, is to learn to preserve your food – especially canning and fermenting.
* Grow Your Own Anyone can grow a few things in their yard on their porch. Even if youre in an apartment, you can grow herbs right in your kitchen. Look for community gardens in your area where you can rent a plot, plus get training if you need it.
* Read Labels Dont buy anything thats packaged without reading the label, whether its frozen, canned, or boxed. Even things that say theyre healthy may not be.
Being more socially responsible about how you eat will pay off in more than one way. Your community will be healthier, the environment will be healthier, and you will also be healthier. There really isnt much better news than that.