Eat greenly, is it easy?
For the past few months, we’ve noticed a green breeze going through Quebec: more and more environmental initiatives have made their appearance in different spheres of the daily life. Gestures to reduce our environmental impact are numerous, diversified, and often way simpler than we would think!
For example, do you know that you could reduce your impact on the planet by changing some of your diet habits? Here are some!
In addition to supporting local economy, the act of buying local products greatly reduce our environmental footprint. What’s the environmental footprint? That’s a way of calculating the resources required to the production of a used good, like food. An apple from Quebec, requiring less transportation, will have a lower impact than an apple from the United States. This is valid for everything we eat, and more. Local goods often have less packaging, in addition to being fresher. To make it short: it’s nice, it’s good, and it’s from our region!
By cooking your meals, you’re helping the planet, but also your body! You know what’s on your plate, where it comes from, and therefore avoid consuming additives and conservative agents. Homemade cooking also allows to reduce our ecological footprint, as it avoids overpackaging and food waste due to overproduction in factories.
Purchase in bulk
Many shops offering bulk buying also propose their customers to bring their own reusable containers to avoid useless waste due to packaging. In addition to being a zero waste option, bulk shops are often local and offer a vast variety of unprocessed food.
Even the most processed food of vegetarian industries, like fake meat or prepared meals, are less damageable for the environment than a meat-based meal. Indeed, take about the resources required for livestock farming! In addition to the water used for the animals, we also need to count the water used to water the kilometers of land destined to grow pastures. Those farmlands are therefore reserved to the consumption of livestock destined to our consumption, which is a double waste of resources. The solution? Integrate some vegetarian meals to our diet. Of course, any omnivorous meal, it is simply important make sure that the content of your plate is diversified and balanced.