The Food and Agriculture Organization's Guidelines for a Sustainable Diet

Ethan Hawley

The world is changing and the theme of sustainability has never been as talked about as in recent years. Undoubtedly, these changes are about making more conscious choices in all areas of our lives and not just stopping our use of plastic straws or saving water. Ultimately, creating a more sustainable lifestyle involves food.

Consequently, it is essential to realize that our population is growing. It is estimated that, by 2050, there will be more than 9 billion people on the planet, which implies more exploitation of agricultural and animal production resources so that we can all have equal access to food.

Considering this prospect, it is increasingly necessary to make more sustainable food choices to preserve our health and the environment to prevent a shortage of resources. Furthermore, it is becoming increasingly important to end one of the biggest enemies of a sustainable global diet: Food waste.

To achieve this, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has created guidelines for a more sustainable diet.

According to experts, following these suggestions has a low environmental impact while protecting and respecting biodiversity, ecosystems and optimizing natural and human resources.

The following are some of those tips so that the next time you prepare your shopping list or think about your next meal, you will already have some of them in mind.

  • Make a shopping list and buy the food you plan on consuming within a defined period to avoid unnecessary waste.
  • Reduce the frequency and portion of meat consumption, especially red meat.
  • Increase the daily consumption of legumes and use them in place of meat, fish, or eggs during the week.
  • Support locally sourced products and seasonal foods.
  • Reuse leftovers from previous meals.
  • Pay attention to the expiration date of the products and keep those with a shorter term in the front of your fridge and pantry.
  • Reuse frequently unused parts of food.
  • Prioritize foods for consumption that can spoil faster.
  • When storing food, preferably place them in reusable containers such as glass boxes with a lid.
  • Create gardens to grow your vegetables and herbs.

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