Our environment is in danger. In a nutshell, this is the argument that many environmental activists and photographers make in their fight against pollution and habitat destruction. They claim that human activity has led to the destruction of the planet and that we need to take action so that the world can continue to support humans.
Part one explained why eating organic foods is important, and this post explores the environmental benefits of organic food. In this post, I’ll discuss the impact of organic foods on agriculture, and the ecological benefits of organic farming.
In the first part of this series, we looked at what organic food is and why it’s important. We hope we have convinced you to at least consider the environmental impact of your food choices.
Let’s assume you want to improve the situation now. Does that mean you have to live in a tree house and eat rope? Not at all (unless you don’t want to – it gives you exercise and lots of fiber).
If you want an eco-friendly lifestyle, you have to choose your battles. The good news is that many of these green tips will also help you save money. Everybody wins! Here are some popular strategies for saving resources. Choose what you think you can do.
It is not our intention to start a debate on global warming or to make resources an issue. Instead, we simply discuss the true impact of our decisions. The assumptions you make, the conclusions you draw, and the habits you choose are 100% your own.
Conservation of resources
Choose energy-efficient appliances for your new purchases. Using kitchen appliances with an Energy Star label can reduce energy consumption by 25-60%. Other solutions: Keep preheat time to a minimum, make sure cookware is the right size for the burners and use lids. Only run the dishwasher when it is full and use the energy-saving mode. And consider a manual can opener – it will help you train your grip strength.
Install flow restrictors on sink faucets and prevent the faucets from running while cooking. Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator, not under running water. Starchy foods, like rice and pasta in the litter box, need more water to pass through the system (but if you follow the PN system, you probably don’t eat them in epic quantities anyway!)
Use less hot water
It takes a lot of energy to heat water. You can use less hot water by installing a low-flow shower head and washing your clothes in cold or warm water instead of hot water. And there’s nothing like a cold shower after a workout to help you recover!
Turn off electronic devices you are not using
By simply turning off your TV, DVD player, stereo and computer when you’re not using them, you can save energy.
Make sure you recycle at home
Are there still people who don’t recycle their waste? Welcome to 2008. Earth 911 can help you find recyclers in your area.
Buy products made from recycled paper
Recycled paper requires 70-90% less energy to produce and prevents the depletion of the world’s forests.
Planting a tree
Looking for opportunities for an active weekend? Why don’t you plant some seedlings? A tree absorbs a ton of carbon dioxide during its lifetime. Shade from trees can also reduce air conditioning costs by 10-15%. The Arbor Day Foundation provides information on tree planting and offers trees to plant as part of membership.
Buying locally grown and produced food
The average meal in the United States travels more than 1,200 miles from the farm to your plate. Shopping at the local market will save fuel and money in your community. Also be careful with imported products – limit your consumption if possible.
Learn about the region’s agriculture and what’s in season, then explore the places that sell locally grown produce. Local food reduces the amount of energy needed to grow and transport food by a fifth. You can find a farmers market near you on the USDA website.
Buy fresh food instead of frozen food
Frozen food uses 10 times more energy during production. It’s the right time to beat the ice cream addiction.
Buy organic products as often as possible
Organic soils sequester and store much more carbon dioxide than conventional arable soils. If we grew all of our corn and soybeans organically, we would remove 580 billion pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere! It’s better for you. It’s better for the country. Everybody wins.
Avoid heavily packed products
The good news is that most healthy foods are not sold in heavy packaging.
Eat less meat
By giving preference to vegetable proteins in the diet, soil, water and energy are saved. When eating meat and other animal proteins, choose local, organic and free-range products whenever possible. If every American reduced his or her meat consumption by just 5%, which amounts to eating one less meat meal per week, 7.5 million tons of grain would be saved, enough to feed 25 million people, the estimated number of people who go hungry in the U.S. every day.
Reduce the number of kilometres travelled by car and walk, cycle, lift or use public transport where possible
Or you can take the vehicle to the workshop. That way you get exercise and reduce emissions. Try walking or biking to the gym. This serves as a warm-up phase.
Start a journey with colleagues, classmates or training partners
Traveling with someone can save fossil fuels.
Use your shirt
If you’re at the gym and washing your hands, skip the paper towel and wipe your hands with a T-shirt or shorts. Either way, they’ll be sweaty and dirty.
Replacing an ordinary light bulb with a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL)
CFLs consume 60% less energy than conventional incandescent bulbs. If every American family switched to this type of diet, we would reduce carbon emissions by more than 90 billion pounds. You can buy KfL online at the Energy Association.
Set your thermostat 2° lower in winter and 2° higher in summer
Allowing the body to adjust to the ambient temperature is very good for the metabolism. Almost half of the energy we use in our homes goes to heating and cooling. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy provides further advice on energy conservation in heating and cooling.
Online purchase of supplements and books
Delivering a 10-kilogram parcel by overnight flight – the most energy-intensive delivery method – uses 40% less fuel than the average return flight to the mall.
Composting of food waste
You know, all those broccoli stalks, banana peels and citrus peels? Install a compost bin.
Choose fuel-efficient cars
Hybrid cars and cars with lower fuel consumption can help to some extent.
Choose environmentally friendly cleaning and pest control products
These include detergents, soaps, cleaning agents, etc. Pests in the garden can usually be controlled by biological methods, sometimes even more effective than chemical methods. Less chemicals from the environment is better for your overall health anyway.
Shut off water when not in use
Have you ever noticed the guy next to you in the locker room leaving the water running for eight minutes while he shaves? Not cool.
Re-use of product packaging/bags
Fabric shopping bags make you look cool. Seriously, though.
Drink filtered tap water instead of bottled water
Put a filter on the tap or buy a large filter jug for the fridge.
Ultimately, our personal food choices and lifestyles can have an impact on the environment, both indirectly and directly. Our decisions have a direct impact on the environment in terms of the resources we personally use. Indirectly, however, they create a demand – a demand that the industry must support. And it is the industrial changes, the changes that we are driving, that will have the greatest impact.
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