If it’s Good for the Planet, it’s Good for Us

Many people today are becoming aware of their eating habits and are moving toward a healthy life choice. Whole foods, less fat, less processed foods, maybe even less meat. These choices aren’t just good for your health, they are even very good, if not crucial, for the environment. Food for thought…why are we eating food that has been poisoned with pesticide; causing mass destruction to the environment and makes us fat?

What is fresh and good for us is usually good for the environment. What is fast and bad for our health is killing our environment.

One of the biggest causes of greenhouse gas emissions is livestock. It also uses greater amounts of water, land and fertilizer for the growing of the feed corn and sustaining the animals. There is also the mass suffering of huge quantities of animals that have to be slaughtered at an alarming rate. An average of 6 million cows are slaughtered every year in the United States alone!

Eating less meat each week is not only good for your health, it is very good for the environment. Fast food and buffets are making matters worse. By limiting your visits to these establishments or choosing a meatless meal item would greatly help lowering the mass slaughter and environmental damaged that they cause.

Yes, fish is good for your health…most of the time. It depends, not only on the type of seafood you are eating, but also how and where it was caught. In some cases, you may not even be eating the fish you thought you bought or ordered. (Shame of the grocery chains and restaurants that allow this). Always do some research on what seafood is sustainable and are not doing damage to our oceans by the fishing practices of that country. Visit websites that keep you informed on the latest update about the best seafood for you and the environment. A great article to follow up on the consumer guide to seafood is..

“Assessing seafood retailers’ progress helps consumers and industry.”By David Suzuki with contributions from Editor Ian Hanington. The recommend a website SeaChoice https://www.seachoice.org, to research the best choices for seafood eating.

“Although all major Canadian retailers have made a commitment to sustainable seafood, their products and definitions of “sustainable” vary, which can make consumer choices difficult.” Seafood Progress Year 1 report: SeaChoice online resource that focuses on consumers and not retailers.

 Speaking of a very unregulated food source, Palm Oil, is a hidden destroyer of forests, habitats, air quality and animals. Most people don’t even know they are eating it! The deforestation for palm oil production contributes to climate change. Large areas of forests that are home to orangutans and countless other species of animals and plants are destroyed to grow this popular form of vegetable oil. As it is a large employer of people in Borneo and Sumatra, there is conflicting justifications and regulations to grow this crop, that is mostly used in China and North America. An organization to regulate the palm oil industry, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, is also made up of many representatives of the palm oil companies. It is argued that it takes in the corporation’s interests over the environmental interests.

Palm oil is not a good choice for healthy minded people. It has 50% saturated fat and if that doesn’t sway you from consuming it this video might…https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1957264124307134

Borneo has lost half of its orangutan population since 1999! All because we want to eat a granola bar, have an ice cream cone, use lip balm, make up, frozen cakes, tortilla, taco shells, chocolate bars, chips…sadly there is countless products that are contributing to this devastation!

Other plantations productions for crops like coffee and sugar also leave a devastating mark on the environment. Both crops cause the slashing and burning of forests, demand lots of water and uses an overload of pesticides. And, just when you thought it was safe to eat almonds! Think again. 80% of almonds are grown in California. As climate change is helping to burn up many parts of California, which has suffered from some of the worst forest fires in history, almond farmers are sucking every bit of water from the ground to grown their thirsty crop. Some scientist feel that this could have an impact of earthquakes and sinkholes.

We need at least eight fluent ounces of water a day for a healthy lifestyle. But for goodness sake, don’t buy a one- time use water bottle for that purpose, make a habit of carrying with you your own personnel water bottle and REUSE IT! Yes, some of these plastic bottles can be recycled, but many end up in the garbage, on the ground or in our waterways!! Please change your habits and give up these single use water bottles.

What you eat not only has a huge impact on your over- all health, but the health of the world too. With over 7.7 billion people on this earth…and counting…we need to make better choices if we are to survive and leave a healthy planet for future generations. If we chose foods that are local, fresh and in season; not processed or mass produced; and eat less meat we may just make it.

Source: Megan Elliott, April 2018