I am sure I am not the only person who perhaps takes the availability of food for granted.
And yet we should be aware that the food we eat has impact on our bodies, the environment and the economy of the world.
Diet related illnesses such as obesity, type2 diabetes and heart disease, are the result of an imbalance in consuming foods and nutrients in the right proportions.
A sustainable diet, according to the FAO of the UN (2010) is one which protects and respects biodiversity and ecosystems, it is culturally acceptable, accessible to all, economically affordable, nutritionally adequate for all populations and is safe and healthy.
An example of the way food disrupts the environment is the production of meat. To produce meat means land is given over to raise the herds, methane production from these herds is a major contributor to greenhouse gases, and too much red meat in our diets is not healthy for us.
However, I am not advocating we all become vegetarians and abstain from meat forever. But perhaps we could just cut down a little bit to help ourselves and the world.
But let’s get a perspective on this. It is not just meat production that influences the environment. What about our assumption that we can eat seasonal foods all year round, which has a huge impact due to the distance these foods travel from the farm to our table.
And we cut down swathes of forests around the world to free up land for farming. The trees we chop down can no longer do their job of cleansing the air of carbon dioxide.
Makes you think, doesn’t it?
I am very aware at my age that i have a responsibility to do my bit for the planet to assure a future for my daughters and grandchildren. If this means a few more meat free days and better attention to the food I eat, it is a price I am more than willing to pay.
So, let’s do our bit eat and really think about food and our world, they are both great things to protect and preserve.