By eschewing the chemicals used in commercial farming, organic farming causes less damage to the environment. Make organic choices in your weekly shop, or head to organic grocery stores such as Downtown to
Earth (04 386 3391) and Blue Planet Green People (04 369 5209).
Campaign ‘No Meat Mondays’ (backed by Paul McCartney) suggest that the environmental impact of livestock production is one of the chief contributors to global warming. Reduce your red meat and poultry consumption, even if only for one day a week, and you will also reduce your carbon footprint.
Make environmentally friendly choices not only in what you buy but how you buy it. The 2012 International Fine Food Festival was a ‘plastic-bag free zone’ – follow their shining example and take a reusable jute bag to the supermarket. And you could take the Metro to get there too while you’re at it.
Buying locally grown and produced food not only reduces the carbon footprint associated with transport but also has the dual effect of supporting the local economy and community. In addition to locally grown fruit and vegetables, choose local water over imported, as well as locally produced dairy and coffee from companies such as RAW or Coffee Planet.
Key to sustainability is the economic impact on communities. Make ethical choices when buying sugar, chocolate, coffee and tea by opting for Fairtradecertified items. This helps ensure fair trading for farmers in developing countries. Rainforest Alliance also marks products such as coffee and chocolate that are environmentally friendly.
Learn more about the UAE’s fish stocks, including which species are sustainable choices, and recipes on how to cook them at www.choosewisely.ae