The Importance of Food
When it comes to living sustainably, there’s no doubt that our dietary choices are hugely important. Indeed, according to some sources, the rearing of livestock is, in of itself, the single biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions of all human activity. When the considerable impacts of intensive farming and other food related industries are factored into the equation, it becomes clear that what we choose to eat is one of the life style choices that’ll go furthest to determining our carbon footprint.
Consequently, food has always come in for a lot of attention from environmentalists. The fact that, these days, even those who aren’t avowedly green are aware of issues such as ‘food miles’ is testament to how prevalent they’ve become.
There are a number of solutions that have been posited. Organic food, for instance has enjoyed a huge surge in popularity and there are a number of start-ups in both the US and UK who specialise in organic products. Often another focus is reducing the amount of packaging waste as well.
One of the latest solutions to the problem of sustainable eating that’s been gaining a lot of steam of late is the idea of being a ‘locavore’; only eating produce from within a set radius of your home.
The benefits of this approach are manifold; you’ll be reducing the amount of transport, and thus pollution, it takes to get your food to you; you’ll be doing wonders for your local economy by supporting businesses in your area; you’ll be benefitting from having fresher, higher quality ingredients to use in your meals.
Unfortunately, the question of whether a local diet is automatically going to reduce your carbon footprint is far from straightforward. When considering how you can make your eating habits more sustainable, be sure to consider the following questions.