Most people seem to think that most of the food they eat is environmentally conscious just because they do not see the resources invested in order to bring that food to them. Animal products being the largest offenders – they require feed and produce extra waste that should be handled. Here you can find 7 foods that are not only go-green but also give back to nature in some small way which makes the difference in the long run.
1. Green Peas
Peas are sort of like a self-fertilizer because they make their own nitrogen and that require less fertilizer. They help keep the soil rich with that all that nitrogen.
How about a food which is green, has a strong flavor (a soup after in eco-food) and contains no pests? Seem great! This is also caused by the sulfur contained as a defense mechanism in the comments – it makes the taste unusually bitter. Is not it ironic that this defense mechanism is the reason we love expressions so much – we're even sad when we're cutting them!
Another self-defense champion is the broccoli. It contains compounds which protect it from pests and does not require any industrial pesticide to be in good shape. Broccoli's defenses are 100% natural and they even help keep some kinds of cancers away from humans!
Potatoes yields are reliably high and they also contain compounds to protect them from pests and diseases! The main plus of potatoes is that they require moderate amount of fertilizer and water and can last a long time without spoiling.
Great for one single reason – water consumption. A lot of the grown foods require a lot of water to be properly maintained and yield their maximum. In terms of water for fruits – oranges are the overall winner coming down with the astoundingly low 55 gallons of water per pound.
6. Soft cheeses
From the dairy products – cheese is probably the least offending food. Although from cheese – opt for goat or cow cheese. Look for cheese which are softer and less-processed because they require less energy to be made.
7. Small fishes
Meat is the name of the game for some people and there are options for that – not as sustainable as the fruits and vegetables, but less harmful than other products in their category. For fish and meat in general – the more small you go the less the impact is. Anchovies and sardines for fish and if you're not into fish – go with chicken. Look for products with "organic", "humane" and "grass-fed" on them so you know what meat has made less impact.
If you're a gardener and want to go greener – try the vegetables I mentioned in this list. Most of them do not require a lot of work to yield harvest and can be an excellent way to save some money and be sustainable in your own home. Do not forget to hire professional garden removal for anything you can reuse!
Thank you for taking the time and reading this article. I hope you learned something of it and can go a little greener the next time you prepare your meal.