October 12, 2016 Other No Comments
tips on how to eat more ethically

Eating ethically – or being aware of the way

that what we eat affects the world around us – is extremely important in today’s world of destruction and changing climates. Here are fifteen tips that will allow you to eat more ethically, without breaking the bank!

  1. Go vegan
    Obviously this is the extreme option, but it will do wonders both for you and for everyone around you. Your health will improve out of site, and the environment and every animal on earth will thank you¹.
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  3. Be careful with chocolate
    Chocolate production is one of the most harmful food production processes on earth. It often begins with slavery, and ends with environmental destruction. Buy fair-trade chocolate when you need that sugary boost¹.
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  5. Support local farmers
    Buy from farmers markets and local stores to reduce transport costs and ensure you are getting the freshest produce available¹.
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  7. Water
    Stop buying plastic water bottles, and instead invest in a water purification system or something similar¹.
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  9. Go for free-range eggs
    Wherever possible, you should ensure that any animal products that you buy aren’t supporting cruel or unsustainable practices – like those involved with caged eggs²!
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  11. Sustainable seafood
    A huge proportion of the world’s seafood catches are unsustainable or illegal. Making sure that you only eat seafood which is certified sustainable by the Marine Conservation Society will go a long way towards protecting the ocean.
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  13. Reduce your meat intake
    The intensive farming processes involved with meat production are extremely environmentally harmful, not to mention cruel. Reducing your meat consumption will be good for both your health and for the environment².
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  15. Avoid foods containing palm oil
    Palm oil production is responsible for huge amounts of illegal logging and deforestation in tropical countries throughout the world. Avoiding palm oil – which is actually more difficult than it sounds – will ensure that you aren’t supporting these unsustainable practices³.
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  17. Plant a garden
    Growing your own vegetables is perhaps one of the easiest and cheapest ways of eating ethically. You know that they will be clean and free of harmful chemicals².
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  19. Avoid budget fast-foods
    These are often produced cruelly and at the expense of both the environment and the workers producing them. Avoid them at all costs³.
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  21. Be careful with soy
    Like palm-oil, soy products are often produced in ways which are absolutely destructive to the environment, and just about everything else on earth. In saying that, soy can be a good meat substitute, as long as it comes from a sustainable source³.
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  23. Eat organic wherever possible
    Organic foods contain less chemicals and other harmful products, which means they are better for both you and the environment³.
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  25. Eat low on the food chain
    If you do choose to eat meat, then choose animals low on the food chain. These are usually more abundant, and have less chance of becoming extinct due to over-exploitation.
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  27. Stop wasting food
    Every bit of food you waste is harming the environment and reducing the food available to the poorer people of society³.
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  29. Avoid genetically modified (GMO) foods
    Genetic modification has huge potential to destroy the environment, reduce biodiversity, and harm human health. Avoid GMOs at all costs³.

 


References

¹ http://www.foodispower.org/our-top-10-eating-tips/
² http://www.byrdie.co.uk/how-to-eat-meat-ethically/
³ http://mastersinhealthcare.com/blog/2011/40-easy-ways-to-eat-more-ethically/
http://ecosalon.com/the_5_day_eat_low_on_the_food_chain_meal_challenge/

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