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!
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 you .
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 boost .
Support local farmers
Buy from farmers markets and local stores to reduce transport costs and ensure you are getting the freshest produce available.
Stop buying plastic water bottles, and instead invest in a water purification system or something similar.
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 eggs !
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.
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 environment .
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 practices .
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 chemicals.
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 costs.
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 source .
Eat organic wherever possible
Organic foods contain less chemicals and other harmful products, which means they are better for both you and the environment .
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.
Stop wasting food
Every bit of food you waste is harming the environment and reducing the food available to the poorer people of society .
Avoid genetically modified (GMO) foods
Genetic modification has huge potential to destroy the environment, reduce biodiversity, and harm human health. Avoid GMOs at all costs .