3 Eating Habits to Minimize Your Ecological Footprint

The ecological footprint of the food we throw away is usually much larger than the footprint of all our personal travel. Here are a few ways to do your part.

1. Eat more vegetarian food. If you plan to eat meat today … think about having vegetables instead. Food production is the biggest contributor to your personal ecological footprint, and nearly all of that comes down to the land disturbance, water consumption and greenhouse gas pollution involved in the farming of animal products.

2. Cut back on dairy. One of the reasons why dairy products loom large in your personal ecological footprint is that dairy cattle need to feed on grass that requires lots of water. Try having hummus with crudités instead of a cheese platter, or opt for water with lemon and mint over an iced coffee.

3. Be aware of packaging when you buy goods. If packaging is excessive, or if it’s made of materials that aren’t easily recycled, then it can cause even greater environmental problems than the product it contains. Look for products that have minimal packaging, or packaging that is either made from recycled materials or that can be recycled after use.

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