How To Shop For Food More Ethically

Being ethical in your choices is something that most of us are concerned with to at least some degree. A lot of us would probably admit to needing to be a little more ethical than we currently are, but it can often be challenging to actually make sure of that. There are a lot of things that can get in the way, and it doesn’t help that much of this world seems designed to make it impossible much of the time. However, when it comes to shopping for food, there are some basic changes that we can all make to try and do so a little more ethically than usual. It’s important to do this, and to remember that there is nothing wrong with wanting to try and make the world a better place. Every small effort you make is going to help to some degree, so it is absolutely something that you should bear in mind as you go about making these improvements. Let’s take a look at what they are.

Go Local

Wherever possible, you should aim to buy food locally. That is often much easier said than done, and a lot of people are confused about what exactly it means too. But as long as you are making a point of shopping locally, you will find that you are going to really make a huge difference to how you shop, and that you will be having much less of an impact on the world as you do so. The important thing to remember here is that shopping at your local supermarket does not count. What we mean is supporting local independent shops instead, along with your local butchers, any marketplaces that there might be in the area, and other places like that. By supporting them, you are not only helping out your local community – a great thing in itself – you are also ensuring that you can make much more of a point of keeping away from the larger companies that are destroying the planet. Any small effort you make here is going to add up to make a huge difference indeed.

Avoid Animal Products

Something else that a lot of people will find much more difficult is to try and avoid animal products wherever you possibly can. If you eat a lot of meat, then this is something that you might struggle with in particular, but it is perfectly possible that you are going to be able to make this change soon enough – and we might soon get to the point where it is going to be pretty much essential that you do so. By avoiding animal products, you will be helping out the world ecologically in a huge way, and even if it doesn’t feel as though you are making a difference in the long run, you really are. Avoiding these products is going to mean that you can get so much more out of your food too, and that you will have a much healthier diet – both of which are absolutely what you are looking for when you want to live a little better. So it really is a win-win.

If you struggle to get rid of meat and dairy completely, just try to cut down. That will change your shopping habits sufficiently that you are at least making some kind of a difference, so that is something that you will want to think about in itself. You should find that you feel a lot better just for doing that – and over time you could end up cutting it out altogether, once you see how easy it really is to do so.

Be Conscious

As you go around the stores, you should simply make a point of trying to be conscious of what you are picking up. It is only by doing this that you can start to see what you might need to change, and you will be amazed to discover that it might be easier than you had thought to do this. Being conscious means that you stop and think before putting something in your basket, that you look at the label and determine where it came from, by what methods it was produced, and so on. As much information as you can glean, you should make sure of it in making your consumer choices. You should also keep a list of whatever companies you know you should avoid at all costs, because of what you know they do to the environment or their workers. All this really will make a difference.


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1 Comment

  1. Erin
    04/10/2019 / 9:46 pm

    I really love shopping local when I can!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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