At the HROC offices when we are not on the phones arranging meetings, speaking to journalists or writing releases, we are usually chomping on some form of food. Whether it’s Hazel’s cakes or sweets from one of Katy’s many holidays, we can’t help snacking away. However, little did we know that with each mouthful we might be helping to save the planet – one chew at a time.
The WWF (formerly World Wildlife Fund) has developed an eating plan that can help you avoid foods that have a detrimental impact on the earth (whilst keeping you healthy). By making little dietary changes such as avoiding soya and palm oil (used in many processed foods), which are decimating areas of South America and South-East Asia, eaters can do their little part to help the environment.
The plan has five simple principles at heart:
1. Eat more plants. When it comes to vegetables and fruit, the campaign urges us to buy seasonal and local.
2. Waste less food. Shockingly, up to 30% of the food we buy is thrown away. Install a waste disposal unit and you can reduce the amount of food waste that makes it to landfill sites. (Warning! Shameless client link following) Check out the Moores Kitchen range at www.moores.co.uk which have a number of sustainability features and can include integrated waste disposal units.
3. Eat less meat. A nourishing meal doesn’t have to have meat at its centre. Change your mindset and start thinking of meat as a complement to vegetables.
4. Eat less processed foods. These tend to be produced using a lot of precious resources, plus they contain high levels of fat, salt and sugar.
5. Buy sustainable foods. Certification schemes ensure what you buy comes from well-managed and sustainable sources. For example, seek out fish certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
In the words of the wise Alexander Orlov: “Simples!”. With food accounting for more than 30% of our greenhouse emissions, eating right could go a long way to helping reach the carbon emissions targets for 2020 set out by the UK Climate Change Act of 2008.
For more information on how your eating habits can save the planet and for WWF’s comprehensive 2020 eating guide log onto www.wwf.org.uk/livewell2020.