7 steps to save the environment that Greta Thunberg would approve


7 steps to save the environment that Greta Thunberg would approve

Also from a food point of view it is essential to safeguard the environment: we suggest 7 steps to follow to make a difference.

If Greta Thunberg has a merit, it is certainly that of having lifted the veil before the world, indeed, the carpet of silence, under which we have been hiding our purchases for some time and every day.pay more attention to the environmentwaste and our empty words, which are leading to the collapse of the planet and its inexhaustible resources. And if today her message is followed all over the world, especially by the guys who carry on the Fridays for Future together with her , even for those who do not feel the need to be the  passionate  number there is a need to pay more attention. towards the environment . Starting from one ‘s eating habits . Because, under the carpet, space is really about to run out.

 

  1. Reduce your meat intake . The first useful gesture to help save the planet is certainly to drastically reduce the consumption of meat. In fact, animal proteins have a much higher impact on the environment than vegetable ones. Livestock exploits 77% of the planet’s agricultural land and produces only 33% of the global protein requirement. For every kilo of beef, an amount equal to about 60 kilos of CO2 equivalent is produced, which is added to the waste of fresh water, with one third of the world’s water resources used for livestock farming. So, every time we replace a kilo of meat with a kilo of vegetables, we save the planet about 15,000 liters of water.
  2. Follow the seasons . Vegetables must also be chosen following their natural seasonality. Eating in season does not only mean doing good to health, since the products have grown without help , but also to the environment: vegetables bought out of season in December, for example, will have traveled a lot and will have been stored in cold rooms, to stay good longer. And these are all costs, economic and environmental, that the Planet can save. Rather, buying mature products related to the period.
  3. Say hello to avocado . Yes, you read that correctly. The buttery, very tasty and acclaimed avocadoit is not environmentally friendly at all. Unless its production is sustainable. In fact, the planet is facing very serious difficulties to produce it. In South America, where it is cultivated and exported, its production causes deforestation, to transform the land into plantations. Then there is the question of transport, which often exceeds 10,000 km, in addition to the extreme consumption of water that is used to make it ripen: it takes about 272 liters for 2 or 3 avocados. The only way to consume avocado and at the same time lend a hand to the Earth is to buy it in a conscious way. In Italy, for example, thanks to the favorable climate, for some time in Sicily avocado (and mango) cultivation has been carried out, starting from abandoned or exhausted land, which once reclaimed have been converted to this production.
  4. Grow your own garden . If you have the option of a small patch of land, self-produce your own fruit and vegetables. The famous km 0, in fact, helps the environment much more than you might think, for the reasons we have seen so far. In addition, the profit is also for you: the cost is reduced, the effort of the purchase also, you know what you eat. And the satisfaction is maximum. Self-production also applies to other products: replace, for example, packaged snacks and biscuits with homemade donuts and shortbreads. It is a good habit that allows you to keep ingredients, calories and even children at bay, since it is an activity that can be done all together.
  5. Organic, local, loose and fair trade: consumed consciously . If, on the other hand, you have to go shopping, you are spoiled for choice. Organic, without additives and chemical treatments, local, therefore with close production, and fair trade, in compliance with the best economic conditions for producers and growers, there are many products that are good for the environment (also understood as people). The choice of the venue also helps to shorten the last mile, the one to be filled usually with road transport if we are not able to self-produce. Bulk, as explained above, allows above all to avoid all types of packaging.
  6. Do without plastic. In Italy there are over 2 million tons of plastic used to package food every year. Eliminating plastic from our life is not a utopian dream, but a bad habit that starts from our refrigerator. Avoiding, for example, packaged purchases, trying to bring your own containers to fill is already a step forward. The return of bulk goods, with the numerous shops on tap, helps even more in this sense. Then remove the food film from the pantry (and while you’re finished with that foil and then don’t buy it again), to be replaced with lids (if food allows), tea towels or the special waxed fabrics, very fashionable in the world. last period. For water, moreover, enough with PET bottles: better to buy glass, even better if we already have glass bottles and fill them in some paid or public drinking fountain. Yes, of course, to water bottles, which are experiencing a new boom.
  7. Bring a packed lunch . Finally, for lunch away from home for work, arm yourself with the most suitable schiscetta , complete with metal cutlery and cloth napkin. You will save money, because you will have prepared a homemade meal, you will save time, because you can eat where and how you want. And you will save the environment, because you will not have polluted with disposable products.

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