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5 Simple Food Swaps You Can Make That Are Good For the Environment

5 Simple Food Swaps You Can Make That Are Good For the Environment

Most of us want to take care of our planet so that future generations can have a nice place to live, right? We do our part by recycling, sporting our reusable tote bag to the grocery store, and swapping out plastic straws for environmentally friendly options (or go straw-less altogether). While we all try and do our part, it may come as a surprise that some food choices are actually much better than others when trying to take care of Mother Earth.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, "what and how much we eat directly affects what and how much is produced." It's a simple equation of supply and demand, and when we demand more eco-friendly foods, more of these options will likely be offered.

The world population is expected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050, according to the United Nations, so to help ensure we have enough food to nourish the human race and to help keep our natural resources available, we can make some simple food choices to do our part. Some general tips people can follow include:

  • Choosing foods that are lower on the food chain.
  • Choosing foods that use less water for production.
  • Buying local when possible.
  • Choosing organic foods.
  • Picking fresh foods with the fewest process steps. Freezing, packaging, processing, transporting, and refrigerating food all impact energy use.

Keep reading for specific food swaps you can be making that will help this little planet we call home.