New Perspectives on Food Choices and the Environment

Wednesday, April 22nd, is Earth Day, and 2020 is the 50th anniversary. We have made some progress in saving the Earth, our home.

But there is much room for improvement. To celebrate the anniversary of Earth Day, the April 2020 issue of National Geographic highlights How We Lost the Planet and How We Saved the Planet, as seen in the covers of the magazine.

Did you know that your food choices are a powerful way to help the planet sustain us? To eliminate greenhouse gases would be a giant step forward, but what about removing CO2 from the atmosphere? There is a movement working on remove CO2 and it is called Project Drawdown. You can find out more at: https://www.drawdown.org/about.

Food touches everything in our world. Food influences our environment. Local sustainably raised food requires healthy soils. Sustainably–raised produce uses less, or better, no pesticides or herbicides. This may allow farm workers to experience less disease due to lower exposure to these harsh chemicals. Court cases are now being won by farm workers harmed by pesticide exposure.

Our bodies need the most nutritious food we can give them.

Food produced with pesticides and herbicides may negatively impact bees, insects, the microbial diversity of the soils, as well as wildlife and ourselves. Sustainably grown produce may be more nutritious because the produce has less pesticide residue. In addition, the soils are healthier fewer beneficial insects and microbes are killed by pesticides.

Locally grown, sustainably–raised produce helps your community. The nearby farms can sustain themselves financially while providing food that is fresher and not grown for shipping, but for taste. Fresher equals more nutritious food since it may be eaten closer to the time it was picked.  Locally grown means lower transportation costs in getting your food to you.

Victory Gardens planted during World War II made up 40% of our food needs. Victory Gardens were instituted not only to help feed people, but also to free up transportation and labor for the war effort. We could learn from those times and reap the benefits of fresher nutritious food grown closer to home. This may be important as we learn how supply chains can be disrupted. COVID-19 gives us the opportunity to appreciate how we can help to make ourselves more resilient going forward.

Our bodies need the most nutritious food we can give them. The building blocks of optimal nutrition need to be present to give us the best possible health. Food can indeed be our most powerful medicine.

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