101 Ways to Be a Greener Eater

Seventh in a series

Meat and Dairy

A lot of energy, land and resources go into producing meat so follow these tips to make sure you’re getting the most environmentally friendly products possible.

60. Eat less meat. Especially beef, as  cows produce methane gas which adds to the greenhouse effect.

61. Look for grass-fed meat. These animals will have been fed grass, which is healthier and produces better meat.

62. Find meat that has been raised organically. You don’t want to eat all those extra hormones, chemicals and antibiotics anyway.

63. Ensure seafood is safe and environmentally-friendly. Always make sure that the seafood you’re eating isn’t endangered or unsafe to eat.

64. Use the whole animal. Instead of simply throwing out the bones and nasty bits of a turkey or chicken, save them and make a stock instead.

65. Buy wild caught fish. Strange as it may sound, wild caught fish are better than their farmed counterparts, which may be unhealthy and pumped full of chemicals.

66. Embrace Meatless Monday. This movement encourages even meat eaters to give up eating the stuff at least one night a week.

67. Check out farmstead cheese. These cheeses, also called artisinal cheeses, are produced on-site at the farm where the cows are milked. As such, it requires less energy for transportation and can be a good alternative for green eating.

68. Go for local eggs. Local, farm-fresh eggs will not only be tasty, but since the delicate eggs won’t have been transported from a long distance you won’t have to worry about the energy costs of your purchase.

69. Buy farm direct. When you can, it can help to buy meat directly from farmers. This can often mean buying a large cut, but it can be worth it in energy savings over the long run.


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