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March is National Nutrition Month, and this year the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition is promoting sustainable eating. There are several steps we can begin to take to eat more sustainably. Here are just a few, along with several resources for a deeper look at food sustainability.

Prioritize Plants

By eating more plants, we can reduce water use and deforestation. Try to fill most of your plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes.

Healthy Eating Plate | The Nutriton Source

Minimize Meat

Meat is known to be a large contributor to greenhouse gases, especially beef. Consider choosing more plant-based sources of protein such as legumes and nuts, not only for your health, but for the health of our planet as well.

Select a Variety of Seafoods

Many species of fish and seafood are overfished and overproduced. Try new types of fish that you are not familiar with to help cut down on overfishing.

Eat Local

Explore local farmer’s markets and enjoy eating what is in season locally.

Durham Farmers Market

Reduce Food Waste

Plan your meals, use a shopping list, and avoid over buying. Try to purchase foods with minimal packaging and recycle of it as much as you can. Compost any food scraps. When dining out, order only as much as you can eat.

For more resources on sustainable eating:

5 Tips for Sustainable Eating

Sustainable Eating

Eating Sustainable Eating | FoodPrint

Documentaries on sustainable eating:

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

Kiss the Ground

The Biggest Little Farm Movie 

 

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