Our food choices have a significant impact on the environment. Whether it positively affects our environment or not depends on how conscious we are of our food consumption.
Food production, processing, and transportation contribute to our carbon emissions and higher consumption of energy, water, and synthetic chemicals. These threaten the integrity of our environment and the health of the people.
With that, here are few suggestions for healthier, smarter, and safer food choices:
𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲-𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗹𝘆 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱
The longer the food is processed means the higher the energy consumption contributing more to global warming and to our carbon footprint. This process affects the quality of our air and water and contributes to climate change.
Look for fresh foods with the fewest process – from farm to plate. Freezing, packaging, processing, cooking, and refrigerating food all increase energy use.
Organic agricultural produce is a safer choice for our environment and family. Organic growers do not use synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Pesticide use degrades air and water quality while threatening the health of workers, farmers, and communities nearby.
𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗪𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲
Always bring an eco-bag or bayong and food containers when going to the market. This will help reduce our plastic consumption. Also, avoid food wastage as much as possible. If food waste cannot be avoided, compost it.
Choose local food options whenever possible and avoid purchasing imported foods. The closer the food to our home the lower our carbon footprint contribution. But keep in mind that the type of food and how it was produced may be of greater environmental significance.
𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝘂𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻-𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻
Fruits grown in season grow without much human assistance like pesticide and genetic modification, a recipe for contaminating our water, soil, and air and ending our health. Seasonal fruits are mainly produced locally. Thus, it reduces the carbon footprint in transporting the produce.
Our planet is on the brink of collapse — with severe deterioration of natural resources, biodiversity loss, and changing climate. Hence, our diet significantly contributes to addressing the impacts of human consumption. It is our obligation to make sure that our diet is equitably good for our bodies and environment.