How Our Diet Affects Our Carbon Footprint
The correct diet is crucial to health goals, along with the certain environmental impact we would like to have. But which is the correct diet? Today we know about paleo diets, keto diets, vegan options, and low carb diets. It becomes tricky to know which is the ”right” for a body, a culture, revolving supporting local food sources while understanding how our diet also contributes to carbon emissions and food waste. In efforts to help, we’ve create a bullet list of facts for you to keep in mind when trying to decide what to eat, and how to eat.
Hippocrates, an ancient greek figure said ”All disease begins in the gut”. He wasn’t a pioneer in ancient Greek Culinary school, but instead a founder of Medicine. The benefits of a good diet are obvious and calculated in countless books, trainer meal plans and specific diets aimed for people to counter allergy restrictions, heal quicker or gain top performance in sport.
The History of Dieting
We are what we eat, food is our nutritional livelihood. And the environment that produces food is integrated into the world all around us. There has been an evolution in dietary choice. Even before hippocrates there were hunters and gatherers. Today, we have more options available for food than ever before. In fact, at the present moment 11% of land is used towards agriculture crop production. (FAO)
We are indeed what we eat, and products of our environment. So what is the right diet?
Land Use and Crop Production
Crop production doesn’t account for meat production and farm lands raising animals for food production either. isn’t the only factor in agriculture how is this measured. what is the difference in what type of food we eat, consume and waste. Many people have compared and serial tested.
The optimal diet for people, based on ethics, religion, or human evolution theories, is questionable. But a fact for living sustainably on the earth is that different food requires a different amount of resources to grow. When we throw away different food, the amount of energy, money, water and labor is different for the two.
What types of food do we typically waste?
Although meat and dairy products take a considerable amount of land, water and energy to produce, they are one of the least discarded items. The UN has found that roots are one of the leading food products that are discarded. (FAO)
The idea is to look at the process of how much energy goes into producing different foods + the energy that’s wasted when we throw food away.
We know that we waste one third of the food that is made from the crop to the fork of our spoons, costing millions of dollars in money loss. We are not only missing out on the benefits but also paying a worthless price with our resources.
So the next time you are in considering land use and waste in different products, think about the health benefits and land benefits.
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