eco Council

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FOOD & DRINK

The food and drink we consume influences how it is produced and to a certain degree it's quality. If eating healthy local produce is important, then how can we as consumers, encourage more sustainable production, manufacturing and distribution?

EXPLORE ACTIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FOOD & DRINK

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Eat organic food

Too many pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in your food? Try eating organic.

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Eat less meat

Replace at least one meat meal per week with a vegetarian option. Land used for beans and vegetables produces 10 times as much protein as land used for raising beef.

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Adopt a vegetarian diet

Join the mung bean nation! Prevent the sizzling death of a thousand innocent animals, improve your health, and hit the jackpot in terms of reducing your ecological impact.

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Avoid genetically modified (GM) food

Avoid eating Genetically Modified (GM) Food and demand more thorough testing and mandatory labelling of genetic crops and foods.

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Buy local and seasonal food

Locally produced food grown in sync with the seasons is fresher and requires less energy to produce and transport to you.

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Avoid eating endangered fish

Avoid eating over-fished and threatened fish species.

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Avoid bottled water

Avoid bottled water and feel good knowing that you’re saving money, reducing your personal health risks and reducing resource waste in your community.

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Reduce dairy in your diet

Bovine breast milk goes great with your cereal, but its production contributes 4 per cent to global greenhouse gas emissions. Halve your dairy consumption, explore the alternatives and help the environment.

Environment

Many food and drink production practices in Australia have resulted in soil loss, salinity and reduced productivity. The widespread use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides has a detrimental effect on surrounding ecosystems. The necessary shift to farming practices that nurture ecosystems requires everyone's help. Through identifying and purchasing quality produce, we can support these positive farming practices.

Wellbeing

Food and drink percolates though the fabric of our lives. It provides a wealth of opportunities to improve (or harm) our wellbeing. If ‘we are what we eat’, lets enhance our lives through food and drink that’s healthy, sustainable and delightful.