A Guide To Eating Sustainably On A Budget

Many people are reluctant to go sustainable because of the perceived expense but the truth is, green meals are available at various budget points.

Now more than ever, people are considering the impact of their choices on the environment. As such, we are seeing changes in some industries regarding their approach to producing goods and services. 

While you may be looking at ways, you can make changes in your life, you can easily adopt some changes that will help you be more eco-conscious about your diet.

Diversify Your Diet

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Seventy-five percent of the world’s food is produced from only 12 plants and five animal species. Having popular food choices means that people are flocking to consume the same foods, which will inherently put stress on a handful of resources. 

For example, shrimp is the most popular seafood in the United States. Unfortunately, shrimp farming and shrimp trawling have devastating ecological consequences, including mangrove destruction, biodiversity loss, and water contamination, and the shrimp industry linked to forced labor in parts of Southeast Asia.

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In the same breath, consider introducing seasonal fruits and vegetables from your local farm shop or greengrocer in your diet.

Seek Out Affordable Local Options

Shopping straight from local producers of produce has a few benefits. One, you can reduce costs by cutting out the middleman. This is especially true on food such as vegetables and meat.

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It’s also good news for the local producer because more money goes to the producer. It may not always be the budget choice, but it can promote more eco-conscious farming while also providing more shopping options for your community.

Minimize Waste

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That includes being conscious about the packaging of your food. For example, you might opt to reuse shopping bags instead of always asking for new bags when you do your groceries.

Also, choose packaging-free produce where possible. And most importantly, spread the word by asking your friends and family to be more conscious about their own choices.

Written By:
Tumisang Mosito

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