Potatoes are a great choice if you’re looking to eat more sustainably; they don’t require as much water to grow as other foods and naturally produce compounds that fend off pests and diseases, which means they can be grown with less pesticide.
Apples also require little water to grow — but they can quickly become unsustainable when it comes to pest control, so make sure you choose organic apples. And, if you choose local, in-season apples, you’ll significantly boost their environment-saving potential.
If you have access to locally grown peas, purchase them. Peas can be grown with less synthetic fertilizer than some other foods, and they produce nitrogen, which promotes soil health.
Small fish are lower on the food chain, which means fewer resources are used to raise them. If you’re not a fan of sardines, you can consult a sustainable seafood guide for other good choices.
Swapping some of your animal-based protein for beans can have a positive impact on the environment since fewer inputs are needed to grow beans. As an added bonus, dried beans have a long shelf life, which means less food waste.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.