We want to eat sustainable food that must be germs free and hygienically packed so that our bodies can stay away from harmful bacteria and absorb maximum benefits of food. But how many of us think about packing process of the food that we purchase from grocery stores? We must learn about climate change and how our dietary habits affect the environment and think about choosing a diet that has a low impact on the environment, therefore supports the longevity of planet’s resources.
Why is it required to Amend Our Current Production System?
Reason No. 1: The use of a very huge amount of resources to produce more and more Meat and Poultry:
The poultry and meat produced for us by livestock sector are creating high environmental problems that indirectly affect our health, and excessive use of meat harms our bodies directly. The livestock sector is considered one of the top contributors to serious environment problems in western countries and even globally. Methane gas produced by the animals, manure processing, deforestation to create new pasture and activities like feed production and handling (including land use) are the reasons that tends our environment to destruct day by day.
Reason No. 2: The use of fertilizers and pesticides to increase the production of crops:
Use of fertilizers and pesticides to produce a high volume of crops by large-scale farms help linger on food, but also pollute the land and can run off water system. After the first process crops are then shipped around the world that includes more resources like refrigerators to keep the food frozen if needed and fuel etc. The more the food travels from where it is produced, the less beneficial it will become. These have been coined “food miles.” If your food doesn’t travel as far (for example, if you are eating food that is grown locally), it has less of an impact on the overall environment.
So what can we possibly do to change the system?
Small changes help. Try one or more of the following:
- Start Grocery Shop at the Farmer’s Markets:
Shop at a market where farmers offer locally grown produce or locally sourced animal products. You must ask the farmer what he/she used to produce their food to know more.
- Decrease the intake of meat while increasing the intake of plants:
Try to base your meals on vegetables instead of meat, or eat vegetarian one day per week.
- Choose sustainably sourced and caught seafood:
Seafood is another healthy option nutritionally. However, overfishing is greatly reducing the ocean’s populations. Further, methods used in commercial fishing often impact the habitats of other species.
- Reduce food waste:
Freeze leftovers and use produce even if it isn’t perfect looking.
- Recycle items that are present in your kitchen
Wash and reuse jars or bottles. Food packaging is not sustainable due to the production of plastics as well as the potential pollution when discarded.
- Decrease the intake of processed foods:
Processing food uses more resources than whole foods and often results in more food miles.
Use these small changes to help reduce our impact on the environment so the planet’s resources can be used for a long time.