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How to eat more sustainably

IN 2010, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and Biodiversity International defined a sustainable diet as:

“Those diets with low environmental impacts which contribute to food and nutrition security and to a healthy life for present and future generations. Sustainable diets are protective and respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems, culturally acceptable, accessible, economically fair and affordable; nutritionally adequate, safe and healthy; while optimising natural and human resources.”

To adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, the following principles created by The Alliance for Better Food and Farming may offer you and your family nudge in the right direction:

BECOME WASTE-FREE

Products with packaging should be avoided. This will save time, money and resources.

REDUCE MEAT AND DAIRY PRODUCTS, INCREASE PLANTS:

Improve your health and the environment by increasing the amount of greens and fruits in your diet as well as cereal and leguminous plants. Animal products should be reduced to a minimum amount and only be sourced from high environmental standards and animal rights productions.

FAVOUR LOCAL, SEASONAL AND ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY PRODUCE:

Local food produced within 50 miles creates jobs, supports the economy and protects the local agriculture. Save energy by reducing the amount of imported fruits, which is currently 95% in the UK.

GO FOR FAIRTRADE:

Producers from poorer countries with disadvantageous get a better deal and can finance a better living standard.

AVOID FARMED OR ENDANGERED FISH

Watch out for the MSC certification by the Marine Stewardship Council. Farmed fish is one of the most toxic food and many fish species are endangered.

EVERYTHING IN MODERATION

Sugar, salt and fat and definitely genetically modified food and hybrids should be reduced in the diet.

USE HOME AND LOCAL FARMS

They provide you with the freshest source of fruits and greens. Support the local community by buying from local farms, markets, by paying a higher price for local products for saving the environment and improving your own health.

In many ways, restaurants have the responsibility to act as avant-garde, to lead societies to a sustainable eating pattern, a better, healthier and responsible eating culture. The infographic below, created by Greenmatch, shows the five most sustainable restaurants in the UK:

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