Sustainable Living – How Can YOU Make a Difference?

What is a sustainable diet you might be wondering? Well, according to Food Alliance, a sustainable diet is one with a minimal environmental impact, which contribute to food and nutrition security and to healthy life for the present and future generations [1].

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While this may not be a major concern to you right now, embracing sustainable methods and behaviours can help preserve the earth as we know it, for that little bit longer. There are many ways you can help our environment, from watching your food waste, growing your own fresh produce, and reusing packaging.

According to the FOODmap: Analysis of Australian Food Supply Chain [2], the Australian food sector is being significantly influenced by four major pressure points:

  • The increasing globalisation of food production and retail markets;
  • The effects of the country’s economic situation and the outlook on consumer response and spending;
  • Trends in consumer preferences, and;
  • The application of the supply chain and category management strategies by major retail groups

These points, as well as the resources used from growing, processing, packaging and transportation has significant impact on the environment. Commentary about today’s food system has shown what appears to be a recipe for environmental disaster. Pre-packaged convenience foods have become the go-to meal of choice rather than delicious, fresh, real food. These meals are quite often processed, lack nutrients, and contain high amounts of sugar.

So what can you do?

You can begin to reduce your impact upon the environment by starting small. It is important to recognise the connection between the food we eat and where it comes from. Some great websites to read up on include:

Some easy ways you can lead a sustainable life are:

  • Participate in one meat-free day each week
  • Start your own fruit and vegetable garden
  • Choose meat and fish from sustainable farms that protect animal welfare
  • Support local businesses and farmers

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[1] Food Alliance, 2015. Accessed from:

[2] Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. FOODMAP: Analysis of Australian Food Supply Chain. Australian Government; 2012.