3 Golden Food Rules
Each one of us has enormous power to shape the world today through the purchase decisions we make. Whether you believe in global warming or not, it is a fact that our food system contributes for as much as a third of the climate change that is happening. Manufacturing fertilizer, transportation of food, food waste, animal waste...If we do not drastically cut down on all the man-made emissions, scientists predict a significant change in our average global temperature, which in turn will result in an increase in the severity of floods and droughts and pests will live longer and spread to new regions. The industrialization of food has also made our food supply very vulnerable as large farms are growing only one type of crop and often that crop is not meant for our food supply but for animal feed and processed foods.
In a healthy farm system, farmers take from the land as they give back...It is not a one-way system that ends up depleting and devestating our natural resources. Help make necessary and drastic change happen by incorporating the 3 following rules into your daily purchasing habits:
Buy local and organic food. Buying local reduces emissions associated with food transportation. Organic farms not only emit up to two-tirds less carbon dioxide than industrial farms per acre, but they help to enrich our soil, which the large agri-farms have been severely polluting. Shopping at your local farmers' market and supporting local co-ops or CSA's (community supported agriculture) are great ways to involve your kids in the community while teaching them about eating healthy and therein, protecting their future.
Limit meat and dairy. Besides the incredible lack of humane aspects of industrial meat production, it is energy intensive and one of the main factors impacting climate change. Factory farms emit harmful gases such as methane and hydrogen sulfide and they also create an enormous amount of waste, which is destroying our air, water and soil quality. Unlike human waste, livestock manure is not processed for sanitation and carries antibiotics and artificial growth hormones, which contaminate our waterways.
Support ranchers who follow strict humane farming practices. You may need to shop at 'healthier' markets to find this meat and it may be a little more expensive but this will help you eat less meat in general - which is better for your health all around and for our planet, as very briefly explained above. If it makes it easier, join the Meatless Monday Movement and start by cutting out meat once a week.
Cut way back on processed foods. Know that there is nothing healthy about processed foods ~ for our bodies or our planet. Processed foods are full of additives, preservatives and chemicals. The manufacturing of these products requires a lot of energy, packaging materials and generates emmissions of noxious gases.
By following these 3 good, important food rules we can each help to make the very important changes in our food supply that are needed to ensure future generations have access to naturally grown food, clean water and air. Be the change you want to see.