Eat These 5 Foods To Help The Environment

Potatoesnaturally produce compounds that fend off pests and diseases

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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 , which means they can be grown with less pesticide.

Organic Applescan quickly become unsustainable

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Apples also require little water to grow — but they  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.

Peascan be grown with less synthetic fertilizer

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If you have access to locally grown peas, purchase them. Peas  than some other foods, and they produce nitrogen, which promotes soil health.

Sardinessustainable seafood guide

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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  for other good choices.


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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.