The easy availability of all kinds of foods makes living in America attractive to anyone, no matter what country they live. Americans take it for granted that all food in their stores and markets are good for them. However, many foods are ultimately bad for the environment in that they use up far more resources and fuel than other foods. With the constant droughts and super-storms thrown up by climate change crops that have been easy for Americans to get today may disappear in the future if everyone ate what they wanted without any thought to the environmental impact. Eat more of these foods as they are better for the planet and for your health.
Lean Towards a Plant-based Diet
By cutting out or cutting back on meat you greatly conserve dwindling resources of land, water and fuel. Plants grow directly from the land while meat grows indirectly from feed. Livestock feed takes up a tremendous amount of resources. Then livestock needs to be shipped to slaughterhouses and processing plants instead of being directly harvested like plant crops.
Buy Locally Grown Foods
Due to customer demand, many supermarkets have produce, dairy products that are locally grown or produced. These foods use less fuel to ship from the field to the store. Most produce comes from other countries. Take a close look at your food labels or signs in the produce section of your supermarket. Foods usually have a country of origin label on it.
Buy Produce in Season
Produce that are in season cost less in resources to grow and ship to markets than out of season produce. It’s that simple. Many types of fruits and vegetables can be canned or frozen for long-term storage so you can eat all of what you buy and not waste any due to spoilage.
Buy Foods From Companies Committed to the Environment
It’s easy to research food companies that are committed to sustainable and less waste of natural resources. Many like Hampton Creek’s environmentally friendly foods are featured not only on shop shelves and company web pages, but also can be found and directly contacted through social media sites like YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.