What are we doing to help our world food situation?
Something is wrong when almost 1 billion people in the world are undernourished and more than 1.4 billion adults are overweight!
We waste 1/3 of all our food; our food system has gone terribly wrong.
It is even more frightening when I realize the world’s need for food is rapidly increasing while climate change is endangering food production.
I am not an economist advising world leaders on policy.
I am a consumer and advocate, all I can do is control my own little world and encourage others to do the same.
These are the steps I take to insure my own food safety and those of our children. Do you practice any other food safety steps? Before reading on, check out the infographic below for some startling facts about food production and what that means for us globally.
1. I don’t eat any junk or processed food in packages.
- Junk food is designed to addict you to sugar, salt and fat so you will eat more and more. I know this because I Was A Sugar Addict! Of course we will end up overweight and unhealthy.
- The tremendous amount of packaging that comes with these foods is filling garbage landfills and creating methane gas, one of the most powerful greenhouse gasses.
- See 5 Healthy Replacements for 5 Unhealthy Foods
2. I grow or pick my own food in season and buy locally whenever possible.
- Much of the food we import for our grocery stores comes from countries where people are starving.
- Food transportation uses up valuable resources.
- Buy local from Farmer’s Markets. They are healthy for the world and joyful!
- Everyone has experienced how much better local food tastes and many more nutrients it gives.
3. I eat organic and NON GMO
Large commercial and high tech solutions from companies like Monsanto have been promising higher food production for decades but many of these strategies have:
- Ruined the health of the land.
- Eroded our rights to freedom of choice.
- Left us with uncertain personal health futures.
4. I Promote A Plant Based Diet – Less Meat Consumption
From the graph you will see that meet usage in rapidly increasing when ideally, it should be decreasing.
- Meat production displaces trees, grasses and other year-round plants which absorb CO2 and capture carbon – exactly what the world needs. Read Nice Cow – Baaad Cow Effects
- Meat production uses up and pollutes tremendous amounts of water, a scarce and diminishing resource – up to 1,500 gallons for one pound of beef.
5. I Don’t Waste
With 1/3 of world food production going to waste I do my part on the post production level. Learn more about The Deadly Consequences of Our Eating Habits
- I’m probably closer to the Asian and African yearly average of 13-24 pounds thrown out as opposed to the North American and Europe average of 200 pounds.
- This includes not overbuying, and recycling or composting whenever possible.
5. I Teach On-line Health Classes on All the Above.
People who are concerned about their own personal health tend to also have more awareness of the health of others and the planet.
At Real Food for Life we provide in depth information and free webinars on many health topics like the above and I also teach people to cook health balancing meals (using healthy whole foods instead of sugar and chemicals) which are:
Any more ideas? What do you feel when you read these infographics?
Co-authored with Randy Fritz
Infographic Credit: CGIAR