What You Can Do to Re­duce Your Food Car­bon Foot­print

Consumer Voice - - Food & Stuff -

• Con­sume whole grains, beans, pulses, fruits and veg­eta­bles, and avoid ex­cess con­sump­tion of eggs, dairy and meat prod­ucts. • Choose the stove top (cook­ing gas) over other elec­tric cook­ing ap­pli­ances for cook­ing, such as in­duc­tion and elec­tric oven. • Choose the mi­crowave oven over other elec­tric

ap­pli­ances as it uses 50 per cent less en­ergy. • Con­sume or­ganic prod­ucts. Or­ganic farm­ing meth­ods are much more en­vi­ron­ment-friendly than other con­ven­tional farm­ing meth­ods. • Avoid stock­ing a lot of food prod­ucts. It is al­ways rec­om­mended to dis­card the food prod­uct if it has sur­passed its ex­piry date. Mostly, some of the stocked food items ex­pire be­fore us­age and are dis­carded. Over­stock­ing will re­duce food wastage. • Avoid con­sump­tion of ter­tiary pro­cessed foods (even veg­e­tar­ian food items). For this you can check the food la­bel – a longer list of in­gre­di­ents gen­er­ally sug­gests that the food item is heav­ily pro­cessed and it may there­fore have a high car­bon foot­print. • Avoid con­sump­tion of frozen foods. Frozen food has the high­est car­bon foot­print, fol­lowed by canned, plas­tic, glass and then card­board. • Avoid prod­ucts that use a lot of pack­ag­ing. • Limit the con­sump­tion of bot­tled wa­ter. This will limit the us­age of plas­tic and will ul­ti­mately help in slow­ing down global warm­ing. • In any case, re­duce your per­sonal wa­ter con­sump­tion by prac­tis­ing wa­ter con­ser­va­tion in your daily life. • Wher­ever pos­si­ble, shop lo­cal. Know where your food comes from – if it is from the other side of the world, it will have a high trans­porta­tion foot­print. Also, as the dis­tance the food trav­els de­creases, so does the need for pro­cess­ing and re­frig­er­a­tion to re­duce spoilage. – Com­piled by Richa Pande

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