Regional, vegetable, eco-friendly
Influencer and cookbook author Philipp Steuer wants us to take a closer look at eco-friendly nutrition.
Philipp, you devote your social media presentations to the topic of nutrition. What inspired you to do this?
At first I didn’t really think about it very much. I just wanted to share some aspects of my personal life on Instagram and Youtube. But as the followers increased along with the feedback from the community, I became more and more aware of my responsibility. I realized that I can actually change something with my posts, videos and stories. In my case I‘m able to inspire many people to get involved in vegan cooking. I post a new recipe every day, and I want to show that our nutrition not only affects us but also our environment.
I think it’s better if we don’t overload ourselves with too many sustainability projects at the same time.
How do you go about realizing your goals in everyday life?
I want to take the pressure off the environment by eating only vegetables, regionally produced as far as possible. The eating idea is working out really well, but the regional produce aspect is quite a challenge. I’m nowhere near perfect in this respect, and I’m just beginning my journey. I think it’s better if we don’t overload ourselves with too many sustainability projects at the same time. None of us can change the whole world overnight, especially not alone.
What is the best ‘green’ idea you’ve come across so far?
There are a lot of fantastic initiatives that are worth supporting. For instance, I like what the Deutsche Tierschutzbüro is doing for animal protection. According to various studies, factory farming is one of the leading culprits in the production of CO2 emissions. What’s more, huge areas are used for growing fodder crops for this rather ineffective method of ‘food production’. If I had the means, I would work to transform this branch of industry completely.
Philipp Steuer is a cookbook author, entrepreneur and greenfluencer. His vegan cooking channel on YouTube is the largest of its kind in Germany with more than 220,000 subscribers.
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