Home > Lifestyle > EnviroHealth > Green tips Updated 05 June 2013 Don't eat the planet Thinking about what you Eat could Save the planet (and cash). 1 Credit: UNEP ~ Start A Health24 blog » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Test Are you envirohealth savvy? » Ask EnviroHealth Expert » Blood Lions: Bred for the Bullet movie trailer The amazing mountains on Pluto The theme for this World Environment Day, 5 June 2013, is “Think.Eat.Save”, a campaign that aims to reduce food waste and loss, and the massive impact that food production has on the planet. With 7 billion mouths to feed (expected to rise to 9 billion by mid-century), we can ill afford to Eat without Thinking. Just look at these stats: Humanity wastes 1.3 billion tons of food annually, which is equivalent to the amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. 1 in 7 people go to bed hungry. When food gets wasted, so do all the resources that went into its production. One example: it takes about 16 000 litres of water just to produce one hamburger. Global food production occupies a quarter of all habitable land and is responsible for 70% of fresh water consumption, 80% of deforestation, and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is the largest single cause of biodiversity loss and land-use change.There are plenty of ways reduce your “foodprint”; here are a few ideas:Eat meat-light. There’s now little question that meat takes the heaviest toll on the environment of all types of food production, and a diet light in red meat especially is a standard health recommendation.Brown-bag it. Making and taking your own lunch uses fewer resources, helps you stick to a healthy eating plan, and it’s considerably cheaper.Eat locally. Transporting food thousands of kilometers increases global emissions, and requires further resources to keep it from spoiling. Buying and eating locally also helps support local business and employment opportunities. Grow your own herbs and vegetables. It doesn’t get much more local than your own back yard. Grow your own – it’s easier than you think.Plan your meals. How much food are you and your family turfing out every month? A little forethought prevents this, and saves your household money.Eat less. A controversial tip this, because the reasons for overweight and obesity are complex, but nonetheless one many of us privileged diners could consider. Excess adipose tissue is a form of waste.Compost your organic food waste.References: Facts and figures from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Olivia Rose-Innes, EnviroHealth Editor, Health24 More in Lifestyle Improved sunscreen More: EnviroHealthGreen tips How much thought do you give to the environmental impact your eating habits may have? Email us and you could be published on Health24. advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 1 comment Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.