Nutrition: Ways to help the Earth with your choices of what to eat

With the celebration of Earth Day coming up, we can take this opportunity to consider how to be more eco-friendly and better protect the environment. The typical American diet, high in calories, processed foods and animal protein, has a major impact on the environment. Food that is healthy and sustainable is good for us and good for the Earth. Eco-conscious eating practices can help reduce our environmental footprint. In fact, our food choices have the potential to make a positive impact on not just our own health, but on the health of the planet.

Although most people are aware of the issues of food waste, we fall short with impactful solutions. Plan meals ahead of time and grocery shop for only what you will need and use. Prepare perishable foods soon after buying. For example, the research of the World Resources Institute demonstrates that eating less meat and more plants can help cut carbon emissions. These are just a few strategies to reduce your own food waste. Here are some different lifestyle choices to consider implementing this Earth Day for a healthier body and environment:Reduce wasteA staggering 30-to-40 percent of the United States food supply goes to waste and nearly half of it is household food that end up in landfills. Store foods properly to prevent them from spoiling too soon. Individuals and families can make a difference by making choices that reduce waste at home.

Local food is not just fresher than food that travels across the globe or the country to get to your kitchen, but when you buy locally produced food you are supporting your local community’s economy. Eating less meat and processed foods and more fruits and vegetables would not only improve our nutrition and health, but would lead to a more sustainable food supply.Shop localOpting to buy food that is grown and produced close to home has numerous benefits. Many scientists and advocates for sustainable food systems believe that a more diversified farm landscape would produce a healthier blend of crops and livestock.

Zero Percent makes it easy for the food service industry to donate surplus foods. Considering the mounting issue of food waste, some innovative companies are creating unique solutions to combat the challenge of food waste in business and on farms. Food productionAlthough we may think of car and industrial emissions as the main threat to our environment, agriculture is also a significant contributor to greenhouse gases, especially from livestock production. Imperfect Produce is a produce home delivery service that sells fruits and vegetables that don’t meet grocery stores’ cosmetic standards and are totally fine to eat, but would otherwise be thrown out.