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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

10 tips from the WWF for sustainable nutrition

10 tips from the WWF for sustainable nutrition

The first step to reducing the carbon footprint is to choose sustainable nutrition, nourishing ourselves by reducing waste, emissions and consumption

( - The first step in reducing our carbon footprint is to pay close attention to what we eat, so it is important to learn to feed ourselves with a sustainable diet that respects the environment and our body.

The WWF has drawn up a set of recommendations for healthy eating and helping to reduce deforestation, global warming and loss of biodiversity. Sustainable nutrition is a gift we give ourselves, animals and the planet.

1 - Always try to buy local products

Choosing local products not only reduces emissions for transport, but sustains the economy of its territory. The products of our land are fresher, they do not need packaging for transport and help small Italian producers. A good idea is to rely on G.A.S. that always guarantee healthy and organic products.

2 - Eat seasonal produce

Choosing non-seasonal products means buying fruit and vegetables from the other side of the world, who have faced a long journey and emitted a lot of CO2. Greenhouse production, on the other hand, requires an enormous amount of energy to maintain the temperature and lighting conditions necessary for the growth of the seedlings.

3 - Do not buy meat from intensive farms

To feed in a sustainable way it is important to minimize the consumption of meat and pay close attention to the origin of what we buy. Intensive farms are very harmful for the environment and for our body, as they emit large amounts of CO2 and carry foods that are anything but natural on the table.

"To obtain 1 kg of beef, about 15 kg of cereals and soy, 15,000 liters of water are needed and up to 68 kg of CO2eq are emitted". WWF explains.

4 - Choose the right fish

It is important to find out about the rule of legal size, the seasonality, the species present in our territory and the methodology used to catch the fish we eat, to protect the fish heritage and avoid feeding ourselves with fish that has crossed the world - with the consequent loss of freshness and increased emissions -.

5 - Don't waste anything

One third of world food production does not come to the table but is thrown into the landfill. For sustainable nutrition it is important to learn not to waste anything, to protect our territories from over-exploitation of resources and our wallet from unjustified expenses.

6 - Buy organic

In addition to providing us with healthy food, organic farming also ensures lower energy consumption and lower CO2 emissions on the market. By law (defined in EC Regulation No. 834/07) organic foods cannot be produced with pesticides and chemicals, while animals cannot be given antibiotics and hormones.

7 - Avoid packaging

About 40% of the waste that ends up in landfills are packaging, let's add the energy consumed to produce and transport them and immediately we can get an idea of   why just a simple paper bag for storing fruit and a reusable shopping bag for shopping . A series of shops do without packaging and sell all the food per kilo, from pasta to spices, from sweets to eggs, making this choice daily contributes to our sustainable diet.

8 - Choose fresh and simple foods

Ready-made, pre-cooked and pre-packaged dishes have very high environmental impacts. This is why it is important to choose simple foods and cook at home starting from the raw materials. In this way we can do without preservatives, dyes and improve our nutrition.

9 - Drink tap water

Buy plastic bottles when drinking water flows from our taps is completely unsustainable. Italians are among the largest European consumers of bottled water, regardless of emissions from road transport and those for the production and disposal of PET.

10 - Avoid cooking waste

Cooking in the castle, using the heat of the oven that has just been turned off to heat food, be careful that the flame does not go beyond the edges of the pots and other small tricks like these will help us save energy in the kitchen and cut the amount of the bill.

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