4 surprisingly sustainable ingredients

We all want to do right by our world and the people in it. Here are 4 ways to do just that.

One of the most difficult things about eating sustainably is the feeling that everything you do is wrong. That's why I wanted to take today's blog to tell you about how easy it can actually be to get it right.

Here are five fantastic foods that you can eat plenty of without worrying about what they're doing to the world. And I bet you eat plenty of them already!

Oysters

Oysters can actually clean the water where they are farmed

It's hard to imagine, sometimes, that we can eat anything from the sea without doing damage to the environment. But you can! Oysters are an amazingly safe choice if you want to start eating more sustainably.

They feed off whatever is in the water, which means they don't rely on industrially produced feed, and the way they filter-feed means they actually clean the water, making it easier for other plant and animal species to survive! They can be farmed almost anywhere in the world, making buying local oysters very easy, and almost all oysters we eat are farmed, so wild stocks are safe.

Spirulina

Any Western craze for an exotic-sounding health food comes with warnings that if we eat too much we'll drive up prices, taking the food away from people in the developing world who eat it as a staple and need it most.

You might, then, expect the same thing to have happened with Spirulina, the high-protein powder made of algae. However, this ingredient is cheap to produce, doesn't use up very much land and could be one of the keys to fighting malnutrition in the developing world. Gym fiends, rejoice, your high protein diet is safe!

Apples

british apples will protect our farmland

Biting into that crunchy, sharp-sweet fruit, you'd never guess the incredible amount of good apple orchards do for the environment. All those trees capture carbon from the atmosphere, keep the soil healthy and protect the land from floods. Orchards are also very pretty of course - and pretty places bring tourism money into rural areas.

Beans

Beans take nitrogen out of the atmosphere and convert it into ammonia - a super useful chemical that feeds other plants and organisms. This reduces the need for chemical fertilisers - in the long run fertilisers can exacerbate soil erosion and make our farmland less fertile, so this is essential if we want to keep producing enough food in the future.

So those are our 4 top picks. Do you know of any super sustainable ingredients? Let us know @JustHospitality!