Tips for Healing Planet Earth
1. Eat lower on the food chain Grains, beans, sea vegetables, and other plant foods are lower on the food chain and take less energy and resources to produce. This reduces use of fossil fuels and eases the pollution burden entering your body and the environment.
2. Eat foods from your climatic zone With our global economy, we can purchase things in the store from any region and during any growing season. However, a tremendous amount of energy is required to supply places with foods that are not grown in that climate. The foods that grow right here in Hawaii require less use of fossil fuels to deliver them, are fresher, and when purchase organically, are also more nutritious.
3. Vary your diet with the seasons By eating foods that are naturally available in season, we take advantage of the cycles of nature. When you naturally adjust your diet (e.g. more cooked foods in winter to keep you warm vs. more raw foods in summer to keep you cool) you stay in touch with nature and it’s easier for you to adapt to climatic changes.
4. Select organically grown foods Not only are pesticides harmful to personal health and the environment, they are highly inefficient. Only 0.1% of pesticides sprayed by airplane reach their intended target. The rest damage plants, animals, and people. Moreover, a great deal of fossil fuels are used in the production, transport, and storage of chemical fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, and other artificial substances used in modern agriculture. Nitrous oxide, produced by nitrogen-based fertilizers, is a major green-house gas.
5. Start a backyard garden If you can’t start your own, join one of the several community gardens on Oahu.
6. Eat foods that can be stored naturally Whole grains, beans, sea veggies, and other complex carbohydrate foods normally don’t require refrigeration. They can be kept airtight in your pantry or cupboards. On the other hand, meat, eggs, cheese, chicken, and other animal foods rapidly decompose into toxic bacteria and therefore require artificial preservation.
7. Eat whole foods Eating foods in their whole form saves energy and makes use of nutrients that are naturally available. Milling brown rice to white, for example, wastes energy and vital nutrients. Even the green tops of daikon, carrots, turnips, and the roots of scallions can be cooked and eaten rather than discarded.
8. Restore home cooking A great deal of waste is generated in restaurants (like styrofoam, paper, and plastic utensils). Cooking and eating at home helps reduce the use of fossil fuels that go into producing them in addition to the buildup and leakage into the environment after they have been discarded.
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9. Make your own snacks and specialty foods This avoids the processing, packaging, and transportation of processed foods.
10. Practice an ecological lifestyle Use natural, chemical-free fabrics, body-care products, and cleaning products in your home. Buy compact flourescent light bulbs. Buy in bulk. Buy less of everything. Compost. Recycle. Keep physically active. Walk, bike, carpool, or take the bus more and drive less. Carry canvas bags for your groceries. Develop gratitude and appreciation for the earth, water, air, and ocean. See your foods as the condensed essence of nature, and offer thanks before each meal.