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Changing what you eat and where you buy it can help the environment
Not a lot of people think about eating green. There are some simple changes you can make to what you eat and where you buy it, that will help the environment.
Buying local is not only good for the local economy, it helps the environment. The less distance the food has to travel, the fewer pollutants are released into the air from transport vehicles. You can also make additional impact by buying from farms that are eco-conscious, and don’t use harmful chemicals or wasteful processes on their crops.
When it comes to meat, eating less of it can be helpful. However, if you’re like me and you just have to have your burgers and pork chops, try getting your meat from local farmers, particularly those that don’t use hormones, and make good use of the refuse and remains of their livestock
Don’t Buy “Organic”
Contrary to popular belief, many “organic” products aren’t grown any more naturally than your local produce. In fact, studies show that some of them use just as many harmful chemicals. There is also no proof that organic food tastes better or is any healthier than other foods. You can save money buying local foods, and aid your local economy at the same time.
Grow Your Own
The best thing you can do for the environment and your wallet is to grow your own food. Herbs are a good way to get started since herb seeds are very inexpensive, and can be grown in pots without much gardening knowledge. Living plants are beneficial for the environment, and will increase the air quality in the general area.
If you have the space and knowledge, you can move on to more extensive gardening. Find out what fruits and vegetables grow well in your area and will work on your property, and then begin planting. You’ll be able to know exactly what’s used to grow them, and fresh food tastes wonderful.
You can also help your neighbors by sharing your harvest. Depending on your area and how well you know your neighbors, you can also try group gardening. Make one or two plots in the neighborhood, and have the residents all pitch in tending the garden. When harvest time comes, everyone can reap the benefits.
Do some research and see if there are other ways that you can go green with your food habits. Even if you can only change a little, every bit helps. Encourage your friends and family to change along with you and make the Earth a better place for future generations.