You all know by now, food plays a huge role in the Loyale world. In honor of Earth Day tomorrow, we’re spotlighting Food Tank’s five high-impact actions each person can take to eat as if the planet mattered. Examining ways we can be more thoughtful about the way we approach food is great place to start being more eco-friendly and expressing love for the planet…
Tailor your portion sizes
A study by nutritionists found that pasta dish portions at popular U.S. take-out, fast-food, and family restaurants are almost five times bigger than the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s recommended personal meal sizes. Taking extra food home from restaurants and using portion size guides can help you regain control of your meal sizes.
Globally, 1.3 billion tons of edible food is wasted every year. This equals more than two tons (or 4,000 pounds) of food per hungry person every year. Eating all edible parts of fruits, vegetables, and meat, finding creative uses for food past its prime, and using food storage solutions are a few ways to waste less food.
Eat a more plant-based diet and refine your meat consumption
Even moderate dietary changes in the direction of a healthful plant-based diet can significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It can also help reduce each person's greenhouse gas emissions by up to 55 percent and food-related water footprint by up to 36 percent. When eating meat, refine your meat consumption and choose products from companies who are striving to be socially and environmentally responsible like Organic Valley and Niman Ranch.
Eat low on the marine food chain
Eating large, predatory fish at the top of the food chain, like tuna or cod, carries dramatically higher environmental impacts than eating fish that feed on plants, insects, or plankton, like tilapia or sardines. Seafood purchasing guides and trying sustainable seafood recipes can help reduce environmental impacts.
Eat forgotten and endangered foods
Diversifying your diet with new fruits and vegetables and eating natively grown foods are a couple ways to help preserve plant species that are resilient to climate change and other threats, including drought, insect pests, and diseases.
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