Earth Day: Eat your way to a better planet

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Earth Day was founded during the height of hippie peace and freedom love on April 22, 1970.  Over 20 million Americans took part in the very first environmental movement.  Today, Earth Day is celebrated in more than 192 countries.  Sustainability has become crucial to the survival of the Earth, and what better way to celebrate the Earth and all the wonderful resources she gives us than to focus on food!  Below are five tips to get you started on living earth friendly, foodie style!

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  1. Eating local is not only the hottest new trend, but it is earth friendly too!  The fewer miles your food has to travel to make it into your mouth, the smaller the carbon footprint.  Not only is eating local delicious, it is one of the simplest changes you can make to reduce carbon emissions. tomatoes-1
  2. Fruits and vegetables have many nutritional benefits. They are earth friendly, too!  Have you ever bought apples in extensive cardboard packaging?  Oranges in Styrofoam protectors?  Bananas in bubble wrap?  Of course not!  Fruits and vegetables have no packaging making them an environmentally healthy choice.
  3. Water is a natural resource from the Earth that humans have managed to turn into a waste product.  Over 50 billion water bottles are used each year and only a quarter of them are recycled.  Choose a reusable water bottle and refill from your filtered tap.  Unless you like the idea of swimming in plastic in the future
  4. Mother Earth has color coded our diets for us.  Did you know that fruits and veggies get their color from the different antioxidants and vitamins they provide?  Ensuring that you’re eating a multitude of colors on your plate, AKA “eating the rainbow” will keep you healthy and the earth sustained.
  5. Perhaps you have heard of #MeatlessMondays. Omitting meat from your daily diet just once a week has shown to benefit the Earth.  Just one day per week of vegetable based meals minimizes water usage, reduces greenhouse gases and reduces fuel dependence.

 

For more information on how you can participate in earth day visit www.earthday.org

 

LeeAnn Kindness is a graduate student at Drexel University majoring in human nutrition. She plans to become a registered dietitian.

 

Photo Credit: Reina Nicole Hayashi

 

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