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Tips for an eco-sustainable nourishment

14 November 2016

Eating healthy and organic food can be an ecologic action

A sustainable alimentation should include nutritional food that has a low ecologic footprint in terms of over-exploitation of soils and resources employed, better if it is local and organic, equitable and accessible to everybody. That kind of food that take care of bio-diversity and eco-system protection. The “save the world challenge” begins with the choice of what to eat!

The first advice in order to eat healthy and sustainable food is to buy local and seasonal products. By doing so, the supply chain is reduced, consequently also the environmental impact decreased due to the shorter distance covered by tracks. Along with local products is good to prefer organic food because it is cultivated according with some principles that respect ecologic process, resources and bio-diversity by eliminating the utilization of chemicals substances.

The seasonal aspect refers not only to vegetables and fruits but also to fish. There is no infinite number of fish and if we continue fishing more than the species’ capability of reproduction, there will be a lack of fish in the future. Thus, it is good to know when comes to buy a certain kind of fish whether it follows the legal rules related to the safeguard of the specie (for example it is not declared “in risk of extinction”). A good choice is to buy local and not-common fishes.

In order to eat eco-friendly is necessary to make an effort and try to avoid over-processed food, because they have a massive environmental impact, due to the high amount of energy required during the production and storage phases. Obviously, we are not claiming that you should give up to all the “not-healthy meals”, but sometimes replacing a “junk-snack” with a fresh fruit is a great idea.

Finally yet importantly, a good practice in order to be eco-sustainable is to reduce food wastes. Even if we do not consider the ethical aspect, the real waste is the utilization of resources that are needed to product food and the consequent remarkable CO2 emissions related to this process, that finally will produce something that is not consumed. Additionally, wasting food increases the amount of trash, which lead to a further planet damage, therefore reducing food waste means saving the earth!