Food, food delicious food!
We all have a relationship with food, and our habits or food manners can positively or negatively affect our own wellbeing and the environments wellbeing. For whatever reason most people think of food on average every 42 mins of the day, men more often than women surprisingly. This study was done in Ohio where students recorded how often they thought of food over a week, it’s by no means a definitive test, but an interesting finding nonetheless.
Following on from my last blog, ‘Are you sustainable, how you buy your food affects how sustainable your lifestyle is.
What does sustainability actually mean?
Sustainability is concerned with consequence. The sustainable food industry seeks to create a system of food production that is conscious of its environmental and social impact. A conscious consumer is interested in what chemicals are sprayed on the seeds, how the plant get from farm to factory and where the products and its byproducts actually end up.
There are different areas of our food manners that affect sustainability, such as –
- Organic or non organic
- country of origin
- packaged or loose?
Buying organic food is no doubt better for the environment and for ourselves but organic is expensive and may have travelled far. As the saying goes, ‘You are what you eat’ and your body relies on you nurturing it, so I believe organic is worth it but try to source locally produced, organic food.
If I’m on a tight budget when I go food shopping I priorities what I buy organic.
Firstly, I always buy organic root crops, so carrots, beets, potatoes, turnips etc. Root crops will soak up anything around them, so if the crop is not organic the root will have gathered any pesticides and fertilizers, which you then eat. Keeping root crops organic is a great way to make sure you take in less of the dangerous chemicals.
Secondly, whatever I eat a lot of I make sure its organic. Chemicals and pollutants don’t easily break down in the body instead they build up and over time start to cause stagnation and disease. So whatever you eat a lot of, and if you’re like me and eat kale everyday, make sure you buy organic kale.
Where does your food comes from? With so many options available to us, food need not be imported from far off countries, if its come from Chile or China look for another supplier who deals with local or european organic food. We have a huge amount of box schemes in the UK that deliver organic food. Here are a few I would recommend – Field to Fork, Abel and Co, Morrisons
Is your food sustaining the environment as well as you?
As mentioned already organic food is best for your health, but also for the environment. Some of the by products from the farming industry are toxic and leech into the ground and the water sources around, polluting and damaging the natural biodiversity.
Another byproduct of the food industry is plastic, which is an environmental disaster. If you are trying to become more conscious and sustainable don’t buy ANY of your food in plastic. There are more and more places that stock loose veg and in London, for example – Whole Foods, Bulk Market, and Hetu Zero Waste Store. Take your own bags and go out and find you’re local loose organic food. If this isn’t possible due to time commitments then use one of the many box schemes available.
Take a moment to consider if what you’re eating is sustaining you and your environment, it’s easy to make a change that improve your food manners.