environmental impacts are outside your control and made by big corporations, but changing our diet actually makes a huge difference. Here’s what you can do to help protect the wildlife in our planet:
- Eat less meat. While vegetarian/vegan is best, don’t let perfection be the enemy of action. Try to have one meatless meal a day or meatless days of the week. It’s not black and white.
- Shop local. I buy almost all of my produce at farmer’s markets. I love this because I love supporting local farmers (especially as the daughter of a small business owner) and the carbon footprint is MUCH smaller than most produce at the grocery store.
- If you eat meat, choose pasture-raised products or hunt. You can buy this meat at farmers markets, but also Whole Foods. These animals spend their lives in pastures. Since the quality of their diet is improved (e.g. not grain for cows, naturally occurring insects for chickens), the quality of the meat is better. So even if you don’t care about the planet, this meat is better for you and does not come with antibiotics, hormones, etc. Toxins accumulate in fat, so eating non-pasteurized fatty products like pork is not good for your body. Also, the animals here at least have humane lives, where as in factory farms animals live in appalling conditions. With hunting, there are obviously no additives and all of the animals are free range to the fullest extent.
- If you eat fish, choose products that are sustainable. Download the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch app to know what to buy.
- Avoid products that contain unsustainable palm oil. Palm oil is found in SO MANY THINGS. Palm oil plantations are destroying habitat for endangered organutans. Download the Palm Oil app by the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to know which products are friendly for these amazing apes.