23 January 2016

[#GoneGreen2016] Day 23: An Introduction To Sustainable Eating




TODAY'S GREEN MANTRA: "I will purchase food that is made locally and available seasonally because it is better for my health, community and economy and leaves a smaller environmental footprint on my planet" 

Day 23 / 365

Sustainable eating will be a reoccurring seasonal theme over this next year of blog posts. My reasoning for focusing on this type of eating, over veganism (the greenest way to eat), is based on realism rather than belief. 

I believe veganism is the greenest way to eat, but I am also struggling to commit to full on veganism myself, so it would be hypocritical of me to suggest you drop two or three food groups without successfully ceasing myself.


I also think that without the intense commitment to green living that someone like me has adapted to full force, it is a lot to ask for someone to commit to changing their diet with the information I’m able to provide in a blog post this size.


So, I’m going to focus on appealing to your common sense and ask you to consider purchasing food logically: which means locally and in season. These two things will automatically transition you to sustainable eating effortlessly.

It's better for you health as well, and it makes sense that is so, that the foods which grow near you which ripens during the season that is upon you, is going to be the foods that give you the ideal vitamins and nutrients your body needs. It's also logical that food produced near you is more likely to be produced by people paying fair wages and will omit less greenhouse gasses on its journey from the soil to your mouth.

It’s a pretty easy thing to do and costs less too. All you’ve got to do is follow some simple steps and you’ll be part of a movement tout de suite:


LEARN SOMETHIN’

Find out what is in season where you live it changes depending on where you live (just google: 'what veggies and fruits are in season in your city). You can search online or ask a local farmer. You’ll find that Fall and Winter seasons star root vegetables and hearty greens, while Summer and Spring flow with with flowering veggies and other brightly coloured things.

BUY LOCAL

Buy your produce from local Organic farmers rather than the big box stores. This reduced greenhouse gas emissions, helps maintain the soil and water quality, and protects the biodiversity and eco systems of your local community. If market or farmer’s market shopping is not an option available to you, the tag for each veggie or fruit should list where the item came from. If it doesn’t list say the country in which you dwell. Don’t buy it! Food imported from other countries travels a long way which burns fossil fuels and emits greenhouse gasses. Buying local and eating sustainably reduces these two polluters, boosts your local economy, and saves you loads of money, a hat trick of wins. Two polluters nixed and a boost to your local economy, a prime example of a win-win. 

GET GROWING

At the very least, try growing herbs in a pot in your kitchen, if you’ve got a garden try planting a few things. There’s nothing more eco-friendly or rewarding than grabbing your breakfast from your own back yard.


EAT LESS MEAT

I’m not really one to tell people what food groups they should and shouldn’t eat but since learning that the main cause of climate change is caused by the methane coming out of a cow’s ass, and that the meat and dairy industry as it stands is gearing up to kill all the fish in the sea, reducing the oxygen in the air that we breath, and will eventually kill us as well, one has to consider cessation. 

I know how much this apocalypse like prophesy sounds like something South Park created in a comedic sketch, death by farts seems like such a middle school way to go, but that’s where we’re heading if we don’t shift our … sh*t … for lack of a better word.

If you can get your meat eating down to one day a week, that’s great. If you can become a vegetarian, that’s super helpful too. If you can become a vegan that’s the greenest thing you can do (I’m still working on getting myself there).

If you're interested in learning more about the issues with the meat and dairy industry and the effects our conventional processes are having on our planet and all the wildlife, check out COWSPIRACY which you can find on Netflix or HERE.  

COOK YOUR FOOD

There are tons of recipe books that aid you in recipe ideas for eating in season. There are also tons of blogs as well. I’ve asked a few foodie bloggers to take over for the next few days to give you a wintery option for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, but it shouldn't be too difficult to shift your diet no matter what your chosen chowing choices permit. 


As with all transitions, take it slow. If each of us can do these little adjustments (I understand the meat parts is a big adjustment but try), it’s a massive step in the right direction. If you can do all suggested above, you’ll be making a difference in your health, community and economy while leaving a smaller environmental footprint, and maybe saving the oceans, the wildlife, our species and our planet, which is more than most superheros can attest to achieving, and that ain't no small thang. 



photo: Shane Woodward for Jshoes taken at Dean's Court, styled by Harem Of Peacocks


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