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As Earth Day, April 22, approaches, we encourage you to consider how you can reduce your carbon footprint and live more sustainably.
When you dine at restaurants — which some of us do on a daily basis — it may seem hard to eat healthfully, let alone sustainably, but this isn't necessarily true.
Clean Plates founder and nutritionist Jared Koch has some suggestions to put sustainable dining within your reach.
Five Ways to Dine More Sustainably for Earth Day ... and Every Day: Jared Koch
Factory farmed animals are cooped up together and produce significantly more pollutants than pastured livestock that help fertilize the soil they graze upon and support new grass growth. Also, it takes a significant amount of fossil fuel to grow and deliver the grain used to feed livestock. Grass? You just need some rain.
As an added benefit to your health, pastured animals are also more likely to come from farms that don’t use hormones or antibiotics.
As I learned from the Seafood Program Director of the Blue Ocean Institute, both wild-caught and farmed fish can be ocean-friendly depending on the fishing and farming methods. But how can you tell while scanning a menu? Download the constantly updated Seafood Watch app from Monterey Bay Aquarium (it even has a sushi guide), or text the Blue Ocean Institute at 30644 with the message FISH and name of the fish in question; they’ll text you back with an assessment and more sustainable alternative (if necessary)."
2. Try a vegetarian or vegan dish (Yes, I'm talking to you, meat eaters)
3. Select dishes with produce that is locally grown and organic (or at least pesticide-free)
Soy products, corn and canola oil are very likely to contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms) unless they're organic, so be sure to investigate before you order."
4. Skip the bottled water
5. Don’t waste food
If leftovers aren't for you, take your box and hand it to a homeless person on your way home, or leave the container on top of a trash bin for someone to find.
Don't forget: These small changes, made on a consistent basis, will have a positive impact not only for your personal health but the health of the planet too."
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