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Be portion wise, don't waste food by cooking more than you can eat.Buy local and reduce your carbon footprint.It takes 12,000 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef.

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Eating Eco-Friendly: An Easy Choice

Top Ten Ways to Eat Eco-Friendly

Now, more than ever before, people have hundreds and thousands of choices whenever they enter a grocery store. Out of all these foods however, only a few are good for our planet and our bodies. With recent concerns over chemicals in our traditionally grown and processed foods, now is the time to become an eco-friendly eater. Here are ten tips to get you started.

1. Eat Organic

Organic foods are grown without any sort of chemicals, including chemical fertilizers and pesticides. With recent information concerning the harm these chemicals have on our bodies, many people are turning to organic foods as a healthier option. The benefit goes beyond you as the consumer though. Farm workers escape exposure to toxins, the soil is not contaminated with chemicals like arsenic, and there is no worry about chemical runoff into the surrounding environment.

2. Buy Local

Did you know that on average food travels between 1500 and 2500 miles just to get to your table? That's an enormous amount of fuel. One of the most basic eco-friendly eating practices is to buy local and skip the gas guzzling transportation. Try local farmer's markets or fruit stands and support your local economy.

3. Buy Fair Trade Foods

Fair trade foods come from farms where workers are paid living wages and work under fair conditions. In addition to supporting fair wages you are also supporting green farming practices. The fair trade organization in the US, TransFair, has strict environmental guidelines connected to its products, which you can read about here.

4. Compost your Leftovers

Part of eating green is not being wasteful with your leftovers. Don't just throw them in the garbage, instead make powerful fertilizer by composting your leftovers, and using them on your garden. Another benefit? Your kitchen garbage won't stink as much.

5. Cook and Buy Small Portions

Of course, you can avoid the problem of leftover food by cooking a reasonable amount to begin with. Only buy as many ingredients as you need for the moment, you can always come back to the store for more. Nothing is more aggravating than spoiled food that has never even seen the table.

6. Grow it Yourself

Of course, the best eco-friendly eating comes from your own garden. There's no better way to have control of how your food is grown than to do it yourself. Even apartment dwellers can get quite a lot of produce out of container gardens, especially with lettuce and tomatoes.

7. Eat Raw

Raw food proponents rave that you will feel healthy and alive on a raw diet. Even if you don't want to go all the way, eating your fruits and veggies raw can provide health benefits and save energy that you would have used cooking.

8. Ditch the Meatball Sandwich

It takes 60 gallons of water to produce a pound of potatoes. On the other side of the field stands a cow, who consumed 12,000 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. Meat is the most energy, labor, land, and water intensive food on the planet. By cutting out even one day of meat each week you can help lessen this enormous burden on the earth.

9. Don't Let the Wrapper Fool You

While the food inside may be organic, fancy packaging negates any benefits. Eating eco-friendly also involves buying wisely and packaging uses up resources like paper and plastic and eats up space in your fridge. Look for foods with little to no packaging and those contained in recycled materials.

10. Walk to the Store

Hoofing it to the store cuts down on your carbon emissions, but also ensures you only buy what you need. Tempting as that processed junk food may be, when you have to carry it three blocks it may no longer seem worth it.

Becoming an eco-friendly eater is simple really, especially now that many grocery stores provide a plethora of organic and fair trade options. All you have to do is make the right decision and steer your cart to the produce and organic sections, and your whole life could change.

Submitted by SuperGreenMe on Nov 1, 2008