Being like an EATIBIST means thinking activist in terms of food selection (jan + activist = eatibista). And above all, it begs the question: How does what we eat affect the world around us?
Written kitchen notes: Jasmina Ubiparip
I believe that big changes will start with small, individual actions, so one of my decisions is to devote more of my time and energy by 2022 to creating a more sustainable lifestyle in a variety of areas (from clothing, to transportation, to work). And a very important part of a sustainable lifestyle is certainly nutrition. For example, a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gases come from the food industry, and half of all living areas (except deserts and icebergs) are used to produce food.
So what can we do to make our diet more sustainable? I’ve put together a number of ideas that are equally useful for our health (because it will enrich our diet with useful nutrients), but also for the well-being of the planet (because it will reduce the emission of harmful gases, as well as other types). pollution).
1. Eat more variety.
Did you know that 75% of the global food supply comes from 12 plant and five animal species? Only three plants (rice, corn, wheat) make up nearly 60 percent of the calories of plants in the human diet.Source: What is agrobiodiversity? Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). Thus limited diet, on the one hand, it does not provide the body with enough vitamins and minerals, and on the other hand, it leads to a dramatic decline in the diversity of flora and fauna used in agriculture (agrobiodiversity). Monoculture extracts nutrients from agricultural land and causes the accumulation of pests and pathogens. This requires the application of fertilizers and pesticides that harm wild animals and water systems.
What can we do? Eat more:
- … Legumesnot only rich in nutrients, but also enrich the soil with nitrogen (different types of beans, lentils, beans, soybeans, peas …).
- … Less common cereals and pseudo-cereals (spelled, hawthorn, amaranth, millet, quinoa, wild rice …).
- … Different types of vegetables (Sprinkle your regular menu with, for example, sweet potatoes, different types of pumpkins and other radishes, chicory, ocher, wild herbs, dandelion leaves …).
- … Mushrooms.
- … Nuts.
- … Germs and microbes.
- … Algaebecause they do not have to use fertilizers or pesticides to produce them, and because they are responsible for more than 50% of the planet’s oxygen production (to whom, vakame …).
2. Eat less meat.
Confidence in animal protein sources in the diet also weighs heavily on the environment. I mentioned that total food production accounts for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, of which about 60% is livestock. The production of meat, dairy and eggs destroys natural resources more intensively than the production of plants. Therefore, even if you can’t imagine your menu without meat and animal products, you can probably reduce your consumption. There are a lot of wonderful flavored plant foods, with a little experimentation in the kitchen, you will definitely discover some new favorite dishes.
3. Consume seasonal foods.
Transportation is another major issue in terms of environmental pollution. Therefore, think of a foodie and always give priority to seasonal foods and home-grown produce that are grown in our neighborhood gardens, fields and orchards.
4. Avoid buying packaged products
In France, the ban on packaging fruit and vegetables in plastic packaging has been introduced since the new year, with the aim of reducing the use of disposable plastic. Until a similar law is enacted in our country, we can buy these foods at the markets (I probably don’t need to remind sellers not to take bags, but bring your own bags), and pick those fruits that aren’t previously available in supermarkets. packaged.
5. Don’t throw away food.
Throwing away food is a big problem. 30% of the food produced ends up in waste, which has serious consequences for the environment. On the other hand, reducing household waste is fairly easy: freeze everything you can’t eat while it’s fresh and, whenever possible, plan your menu in advance – in line with what you have in the fridge.
Read and … How to Prevent Food Waste – Tips and Tricks
PS What we do grows every day and ceases to be vanity. So start, start the change, even if it seems like, on a global scale, it’s so small that it’s almost invisible. It is not. Try to become an eatibist.
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