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Health and Nutrition

Even though it is often not considered, what you eat has a BIG effect on how much you pollute. Changing your diet may have much more significant effects on your pollution level than many other popular suggestions.

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Become a vegetarian or vegan Living on a diet free of meat or even free of all animal products requires MUCH less energy (and creates much less pollution) than living on a diet that includes meat. Raising animals requires significantly more space, more resources, more energy than growing vegetables. Farm animals and their production creates a large amount of green-house gases.
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Find a farmer in your area and buy direct Locally grown foods require much less transportation energy. Locally grown food (unless it is grown in fossil-fuel heated greenhouses) pollutes less. Even better if it is certified organic.
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Eat vegetables that are certified organic Human-made pesticides and fertilizers require energy and resources to be manufactured and distributed, and may pollute the air, soil, and water systems. Vegetables that are grown without those pesticides and fertilizers require less fossil energy to be grown and pollute less.
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Eat less dairy A cow has to give birth to a calve to continue to give milk. Around 50% of all born calves are male. To reduce the supply of bull calves and the waste of energy and resources to raise those bull calves, reduce the amount of dairy you consume. A cow produces easily 5 gallons of milk per day. That equals 5 gallons of milk, or 5 gallons of joghurt, or around one pound of butter per day. If you eat that much dairy per day, you should eat one bull calf every two years. If you eat less dairy, you can eat less bull calf. The question now is how to determine if the meat you eat is from a bull calf. And how much the bull calf weighed. If it was a calf.
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Eat meat only from animals you hunted Wild animals live their lives outside and eat what they find. Generally that is healthier than what traditional (non-organic) farmers give their animals and it requires no fossil fuel energy to be manufactured.
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Eat organically grown meat Meat from organic farms comes from animals that ate naturally grown feed. There are much fewer animals per acre on an organic farm. The meat may be more expensive, but there is less pollution involved because there are fewer animals and less artifical feed involved.
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Eat the whole animal Meat production pollutes. If you eat more of the animal, you have to raise fewer animals. Fewer animals raised results in less pollution.
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Eat food that does not look perfect Go ahead and judge the fruit by its look. If it looks perfect (the way you see it in high gloss catalogs or magazines) it is most likely from a plant that was helped with pesticides to grow such perfect fruit and it is most likely waxed. Pesticide use pollutes.
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Stay away from nail salons Nail polish and nail polish removers use solvents that are toxic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, and are, after you got a small dose while in the store, exhausted to the outside.
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Destroy antibiotics Sooner or later some diseases will be resistant to antibiotics that are constantly added to our environment and pollution will increase because people get sick, need to travel, end up in the hospital, etc. Do not pour antibiotic liquids or pills down the drain or throw in the trash. Boil or microwave the antibiotics before you throw them out.
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Stay out of the hospital Hospitals pollute by using a lot of energy and resources and you have no control over this. For understandable reasons, the protection of the environment is not a priority of a hospital. However, if you have the choice and can get healthy at home, do it.
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