If you're passionate about cooking but concerned about the environment, here are a few things you can do to create a delicious, eco-friendly meal.
- Eat seasonally -
That is the cardinal rule of many great food cultures. Creating a meal with ingredients that are in season in your region will produce an eco-friendly plate. While it may be tempting to pick and choose from exotic ingredients grown all over the world, your seasonally based dishes will be fresher, and they'll reduce the environmental impact of cross-country and international shipping.
- Use organic ingredients -
Organic foods are grown naturally, without synthetic pesticides, artificial fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetic modification, or ionizing radiation. Additionally, organic farming is more environmentally sustainable - it reduces pollution and conserves water and soil.
- Choose free-range, hormone-free, and organic animal products -
When purchasing meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy, look for food raised in an environment that supports the ethical treatment of animals, such as farms where animals are allowed outdoors and are nourished with balanced diets. Organic meats, dairy, and eggs are made from animals that are pasture-fed or given organic feed and have not been treated with antibiotics or growth hormones.
- Go vegetarian — or even vegan -
Whether you're a true herbivore or you want to reduce the amount of animal and fish products in your daily diet, there are many ways to prepare savory and satisfying veggie-based meals.
- Avoid extra packaging -
Whenever possible, choose minimally packaged food products, buy in bulk, bring your containers, or look for products that are packaged with environmentally sensitive materials, such as recycled paper or bio-based plastic. You don't need all that petroleum-based plastic or Styrofoam, anyway. Additionally, make an effort to bring your totes to the market instead of bringing home your goods in a bunch of flimsy, ecologically unfriendly plastic bags.
- Compost -
When preparing your eco-friendly meal, be sure to conserve your fruit and vegetable skins, leftover pulp, and other parts, as well as any eggshells, coffee grounds, or loose tea leaves for composting. Composting allows this waste to be reused in its new form - natural fertilizer - to fortify a lawn or garden!
- Use compostable tableware -
With growing environmental awareness, the demand for disposable tableware made from palm leaves, birch, and bagasse increases day by day. This tableware is 100% natural, biodegradable, and compostable. Plus, it is stylish and elegant and looks much fancier than disposable plastic or paper tableware.
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