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4 Simple Ways to Create a More Sustainable Diet


It's no secret that there's a big focus on sustainability. From more efficient electronics to completely "green" homes, the push for more sustainable lifestyles is all around us. But can that push translate to your dinner plate?


Fortunately, the answer is yes. And it's not hard! In fact, here are a few simple tips to help you step onto the path of sustainable eating.


Stay Seasonal


What seasonal produce do you have in your area? If you're not sure, try doing some research or visiting a local farmer's market every few weeks to see what local businesses are growing. Not only is seasonal produce delicious, it requires far less artificial growth assistance. In addition, it means that foods haven't been shipped from abroad, which helps reduce our carbon footprint.


Focus on Sustainable Meat


Americans eat almost 66.5 pounds of beef annually, but where is it all coming from? Sustainable meat doesn't necessarily mean staying local, but it does mean paying attention to where your meat is coming from. Are you trying to focus on more grass fed beef? Free range pork? Even if you're looking for wild caught Alaskan salmon, it's important to know exactly where your meat is raised and in what ways. That way you can ensure you're supporting regional farms with ethical practices.


Compost!


Composting is one of the simplest things in the world, and it's a great habit to get into if you have a garden. Not only does it eliminate the vast majority of your food waste, it creates an excellent fertilizer. And if you don't run a garden, consider donating your compost to a local community garden. With a simple air-tight container and a list of everyday items that can be composted, you'll be on your way to more sustainable living in no time flat.


Start a Garden


Growing your own food is beneficial and sustainable for a number of reasons. First, you'll save money at the grocery store. And think of how rewarding it will be to make sauce from your own tomatoes, basil, and garlic! Not to mention that most cities have community gardens where you can apply for a small patch of soil to get you started.


Being more sustainable with your food has never been so simple.


What are you waiting for? Try out these tips and make your way to a healthier, more sustainable life.