Eating ethically and sustainably isn’t always easy, especially for people with busy lifestyles or those with a limited budget. But there are so many reasons to shop more responsibly when it comes to groceries and food items. From reducing pollution and waste for a better environment and helping to create a better life for animals to boosting the health of your whole family, there really are countless benefits to this cleaner, greener lifestyle choice. Here are some of the things that will persuade you to change the way you eat and shop forever.
1. Better for the Planet
Sustainable farming produces food without harming the environment, so you can relax knowing that your weekly shop isn’t killing the planet. Tons of animal waste and excretion is created every week on factory farms, polluting the surrounding the land and water as it’s held in open air lagoons. This also pollutes the air around us, affecting the way we breathe. Industrial agriculture also uses synthetic fertilisers which are harmful to nature and wildlife, whilst also consuming large quantities of fossil fuels during production.
2. Kinder to Animals
Whilst becoming a vegetarian is the only way to put an end to animal suffering, meat eaters can still do their bit to improve animal welfare. Sustainably raised farm animals are treated humanely throughout their life and live in comfortable environments where they can roam freely and carry out their natural animal behaviours, giving them a much better quality of life.
3. Fresh Food We Can Trust
Shopping ethically also has its benefits for humans and can give us the peace of mind we need. Knowing where our food comes from is incredibly important, especially when you have the health of your family to think about. Most of the food found in supermarkets has usually travelled hundreds of miles…..which gives us even more reason to shop local.
4. Improve Your Health
An ethical and sustainable diet is not only good for the environment, but it’s also good for your personal health too. Going organic and going local with your meat and veg will ensure that your food has no nasty chemicals, pesticides, additives or added hormones (often injected into animals to increase their size). All of these things are responsible for causing diseases such as cancer or infertility and birth defects. In addition to promoting personal health, you will also be promoting better public health by showing support to local farmers and driving their ethical farming practices to success within the industry.
5. Better Tasting Food
That’s right, foodies – your cooking will taste better with sustainable ingredients! One of the best added benefits is that your meat and vegetables will provide a much better flavour output, giving your palate a refreshing taste experience. Our taste buds have been damaged by the use of cheap chemicals in food production; so the more you try sustainable food, the more you’ll enjoy it as your taste buds readjust to their natural state again.
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