Green eating

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The food we eat, and how it is produced and transported, can range from sustainable and low environmentatl impact (green) to unsustainable and high environmental impact (not green).

Here is a suggested 5 day program for embracing a green diet:


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[edit] Day 1: Inventory your fridge and cupboards

Do you have processed food packages with long ingredient lists that resemble chemistry experiments? Are those eggs free range, is that meat in your fridge sourced from free range farms or intensive food farm factories? Are any of your vegetables organic, locally grown or from your garden?"

[edit] Day 2: Go on a sustainable shopping spree

Find local nutritious and delicious food shopping alternatives just waiting to be discovered including: small organic markets, local farmers markets, and big supermarket chains with new organic food aisles. Find a local artisan baker or track down a local cheese maker.

[edit] Day 3: Look for sustainable food labels

Check for new food labels - now appearing on packages more and more - that can guide your green eating. Organic? Fair Trade? Certified Naturally Grown?

[edit] Day 4: Plan two locally sourced meals per week

A typical, conventionally grown carrot travels 3,500 km to reach your dinner table. Reduce "food miles" and support your local economy by eating a couple of locally sourced meals a week. It's one of the greenest, healthiest and most delicious things you can do.

[edit] Day 5: Eat one or more meatless meals a week

The agricultural livestock sector is a huge contributor to greenhouse gases and water pollution; it accounts for up to 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Eating a meatless meal at least one day a week is good for you and the planet. Peter Singer has also stated that becoming completely vegetarian is the most important action anyone can take to reduce their 'environmental footprint'.

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