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Eating Responsibly

Aiming to choose foods that have been produced with respect for people and are sustainable for the planet is just another small step you can take that has a big impact.

By focusing your eating habits to include more plants you will help reduce the use of freshwater. Reducing the use of water is very important as we only have a finite amount on the planet.

Minimizing the amount of meat you eat helps reduce environmental issues, as raising and transporting livestock requires a lot more food, water and land than plants. One trick is to see meat as a side rather than a main.

Purchasing food locally helps reduce air pollution and greenhouse gasses because it reduces the need for transportation.

Eating seasonally helps reduce the need for transportation, this reduces pollution and if you are heading to a local farmers market it is a great opportunity to learn and ask questions about how your food was grown.

Look for sustainably sourced fish. It can also be a good idea to mix up your choices by trying new types of seafood. Here’s a handy guide:

Paying attention to how you eat such as planning your meals is a great way to avoid wasting food, which then reduces the amount of methane emissions from the landfills. For more information on Global waste follow this link: