Tips and Tricks: Becoming A Sustainable Consumer 

The content of my website is expanding and from now on, I shall also be including tips and tricks based on a myriad of topics; for my first post under this segment, I’ll be sharing information on how to become a sustainable consumer of food!
Our planet is suffering but by choosing to change certain habits or even by starting new habits, we can slowly amend the pain Mother Earth is feeling. Food is obviously incredibly important to me but not as important as sustaining the environment and the species living within certain areas (the ocean, the forests etc.). That being said, I have realised how certain food I consume affects nature negatively so here are 4 tips (and tricks) that you might not have known before reading this:

The Importance Of Bees To The Eco-System

Bees across the globe  have been silently suffering death by the masses for years (due to mainly pesticides) but in September 2016, seven species of bees were officially declared endangered – the seven species are the Hawaiian yellow-faced bees. The reason the decline of bees is important is because bees contribute to the production of food through pollination; examples of crops pollinated by bees would be vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds but in layman terms that would include apples, avocados, almonds, potatoes, onions, garlic, cucumbers, strawberries, and on and on and on… Although I presume that Malaysian bees aren’t as adversely affected, a lil’ help can go a long way – especially because I’d prefer not to imagine a world without avocados!
What You Can Do: Support local beekeepers by buying local honey or buy organic honey. If you can, plant bee friendly flowers in your home, too, and don’t use pesticides in your garden.
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The Side Effects Of Over-Fishing

Almost everyone I know is in love with sushi and I know I most certainly dream of sushi 5/7 days of the week but the steady rise of sushi restaurants create a dangerous demand for blue-fin tuna; this species has been over-fished for years, to the point that the population has dropped by 97%, and environmental activist warn that the species may become extinct in the near future if the fish isn’t listed as an endangered species soon.

What You Can Do: Reduce (or stop) your blue-fin tuna intake.

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The Ignored Greenhouse Gas Contributor

If you have time, watch the documentary entitled Cowspiracy and be prepared to have your jaw dropped but if you don’t have time, then just know that the greenhouse gas emissions from the livestock industry are a staggering 51%, whereas the transportation sector amounts to a mere 13% of greenhouse gas emissions. Besides that, the dairy industry is immensely distressing as female cows are artificially inseminated (painfully) in order to produce milk – their male babies are then killed because male cows can’t produce milk and thus, are deemed useless.

What You Can Do: Reduce (or stop) your intake of red-meat and buy organic red-meat instead. Also, reduce (or stop) your dairy intake and try to switch towards consuming soy milk or almond milk or rice milk or hemp milk or flax milk or hazelnut milk…

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The Bottled Truth

I used to constantly buy plastic bottled water without actually contemplating on the origin of the water (or on the possible side effects) but recently discovered the extent of the bottled water industry, specifically relating to Nestle; Nestle has created a drought in Sacramento, America, for four years now and has also recently created a drought in Wellington, Canada, in order to profit through stealing water from natural reserves then selling that water at a higher price – even Pakistan, Ethiopia, and Nigeria are affected by this strategy. Just imagine 8.3 million to 12 million litres of water being taken daily then realise that that is happening in Canada… Pictured below is the Klang Gates Dam, Malaysia, a reservoir used for water supply – I can’t help but wonder if water is taken from this reservoir then sold back to us?

What You Can Do: Refrain from buying bottled water under Nestle (S. Pellegrino, Perrier, Acqua Panna, Buxton, Montclair etc. – the list is almost endless). Also, invest in an eco-friendly water bottle!

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“I became vegan because I saw footage of what really goes on in the slaughterhouses and on the dairy farms.” Ellen DeGeneres

P.s.: I couldn’t find a photo of a cow or cows so used a photo from Google images oops

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