06 Jun 5 Easy Steps to Reduce Our Foodprint
First things first, what is a foodprint? We know that almost every food that we choose to eat already gone through a lot of process. It takes an extensive amount of resources to produce foods. Not only animal-produced foods like chicken, eggs, milk, and beef, but also all crops, really makes an impact to our environment. The impact of all process, everything it takes to get your food until it reaches your plate, is considered as foodprint.
Nowadays there are many farmers who use various method to grow their crops as sustainable as possible. The purpose of doing that is to produce more fresh, environmentally-friendly foods, or in other words, doesn’t leave as many bad impacts to the environment. Well, how good is environmentally-friendly foods if we, as consumers, still waste foods regardless? For context, according to nrdc.org , when a hamburger is being thrown away, it is equivalent as water use in taking a shower for 90 minutes. Crazy, right! That is why, besides having a healthy diet, we also need to be responsible of our foods, so we can reduce the amount of foodprint.
Today, I’m going to talk about the steps that we can take to reduce our foodprint.
- Understand good nutrition
In order to have an idea what foods we should and should not eat, and to have a healthy diet, we have to understand what goes into our body. Sure, we need foods so our body can have energy to do our daily activities. However, we also need to keep an eye to our nutrition. We need foods with good nutrients so we can keep our organs healthy. Overly-processed foods contain less good nutrients that our body needs, because many of those nutrients are already broken down by all the process that it went through. That is why, freshly produced foods are always the better choice. It contains more good nutrients which our body needs.
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- No impulse buy
We often buy foods based on their interesting packaging and slogans. Sometimes we think that we want to try something new, too. A simple way to avoid buying the foods that we don’t need is to have your meals planned, write down your shopping list and stick to it. Do not fall easily into a fancy or cool packaging. It’s all just marketing tricks. Other option you can do is buy foods from bulk store. Not only it saves more money, but we can minimalize food packaging, too.
- Get to know your food’s shelf-life
Best-before date is one of the main things we consider when we buy packaged foods. All this time we might think, it is not safe for us to eat a product if it is passed the best-before date. Well, according to food.gov.uk , best-before date is about one product’s quality, not safety. The product is still safe to be eaten, but it might not have the best quality or as the same nutrients as it is stated on the package. Although, do keep in mind, use your senses to check if the food is safe to eat. If it smells and tastes ok, then it is still safe to eat.
That being said, we don’t want to even consider whether to eat foods that are passed its best-before date. The more reason to be a responsible consumer and not over-buy everything, right?
- Buy locally-produced food
Have you ever wondered how far your foods traveled until it reached the grocery store shelf? It takes a lot of process to get food from the farmer to the customer. The foods are collected, then going through various process in the factory, then have to be delivered to your nearest store. When the products are being delivered by truck for example, it leaves carbon emissions, or as we know as pollution. The further the distance, the more carbon emission is made, which is bad for our environment. Not to mention it takes a lot of money too. The step we can take is buying fresh ingredients from farmer’s market. That way, we can support local economic growth and you can get cheaper price because of the lower production cost. Less emissions, less foodprint, healthier choices, habit, and happier farmers! learn more about foodprint here
- Start composting
One other thing we can do is learn how to compost. Organic wastes like fallen leaves, fruit peels and parts of vegetables that we don’t use, can be utilized to make compost. Composting food scraps can reduce food waste while also recycling nutrients.
I hope those steps can get us started reducing our foodprint while maintaining a healthy diet. Here’s to a better tomorrow!
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