ecoMackay

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FOOD & DRINK

The food and drink we consume influences how it is produced and to a certain degree it's quality. If eating healthy local produce is important, then how can we as consumers, encourage more sustainable production, manufacturing and distribution?

EXPLORE ACTIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FOOD

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Buy local and seasonal food

Locally produced food grown in sync with the seasons is fresher and requires less energy to produce and transport to you.

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Avoid eating endangered fish

Avoid eating over-fished and threatened fish species.

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Eat less meat

Replace at least one meat meal per week with a vegetarian option. Land used for beans and vegetables produces 10 times as much protein as land used for raising beef.

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Avoid genetically modified (GM) food

Avoid eating Genetically Modified (GM) Food and demand more thorough testing and mandatory labelling of genetic crops and foods.

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Avoid bottled water

Avoid bottled water and feel good knowing that you’re saving money, reducing your personal health risks and reducing resource waste in your community.

Environment

Many food and drink production practices in Australia have resulted in soil loss, salinity and reduced productivity. The widespread use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides has a detrimental effect on surrounding ecosystems. The necessary shift to farming practices that nurture ecosystems requires everyone's help. Through identifying and purchasing quality produce, we can support these positive farming practices.

Wellbeing

Food and drink percolates though the fabric of our lives. It provides a wealth of opportunities to improve (or harm) our wellbeing. If ‘we are what we eat’, lets enhance our lives through food and drink that’s healthy, sustainable and delightful.