We all know that juicing is good for your health.
But what about the environment?
Is it good for it too?
I’ve been reading and thinking a lot lately about the global warming crisis and the various ways that our food production system is contributing to the problem, and I thought, “What about juicing? How good or bad is juicing for the environment?”
Here are a few thoughts about how the habit of juicing impacts the environment, and how to make juicing even more environment-friendly.
* First off, let me congratulate you on adopting a very healthy, earth-friendly habit of consuming lots of fresh fruits and vegetables as a part of your daily diet. (That’s what you are doing, right?)
* If you are drinking fresh juice, then you probably don’t buy the bottled stuff, which is also tons easier on the planet because you don’t have to throw away the plastic and glass bottles that once housed your favorite juicy delight.
* We all know that juicing is good for your health – so it saves precious resources in the long run that would be spent if you were ill and had to undergo extensive treatments or hospital care.
7 Tips on How to Make Juicing Even More Earth-Friendly
1. Reuse the pulp. Juicing is wasteful in a sense that we discard an important part of the plant: the pulp. So, to cut down on the waste, use the pulp in your baking and cooking recipes. For example, you can also make broth from the pulp for seasoning and soups.
2. Compost the pulp. You can also compost this material for later use in your garden and yard. Composting eliminates a large amount of waste that would otherwise be going down your garbage disposal or put into the landfill – emitting those greenhouse-effect gasses.
3. Juice whole fruit and vegetables. Juicers that can take a whole piece of fruit without peeling or chopping it will provide optimal nutrients for your juices. Using the whole piece of fruit also cuts down on waste.
4. Juice what’s in season. You can also control the ingredients that you throw into the juicer ensuring that you use what’s available seasonally, not exotic juices that would never be grown anywhere near where you live. For example, a recipe that calls for asparagus can be very eco-friendly if you grow asparagus in your own garden. However, a bunch of asparagus if it’s air-freighted from Peru to New York in January – is an equivalent of 4.2 lbs. CO2 e – very carbon intensive. For more information – read “How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything”.
5. Buy your produce locally as much as possible, as a lot of energy is used by large farms growing their food and distributing it to supermarkets. Try local farmer’s markets where the food is fresh and many times is organic.
6. Grow your own fruits and vegetables. Planting your own fruit trees and vegetable gardening, allows you to be pesticide free which protects the environment.
7. Reuse orange peel. Orange peel is very versatile, as I learned from this article. For example, you can use the orange skin to scrub and deodorize your kitchen sink. Or, a puree blend of orange peel and water can be applied to an area to discourage ants from crossing (I have to try this one, we had lots of ants in our kitchen and on the balcony this year).
6. Use manual juicer – if you have one – to make citrus juice and wheatgrass juice.
7. If you are shopping for a juicer, make sure you choose one that is efficient and environment friendly.
For more information, read the book “How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything”.
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And read more about the benefits of juicing on my juicing blog.