Written by Charlie Smith
Food sustainability is when the current food production is enough to meet our needs while ensuring that the future generation will still meet theirs. With most of the produce seemingly depleting, sustainability has become a present and urgent matter, with everyone playing a crucial role.
As we become fixated on food, so does our interest in its preparations. Over the years, farm-to-table restaurants increasingly gained popularity. With that, consumers are more likely to eat food when they know where the plants or animals grew.
CEO of Max Funding Shane Perry remarks, "Sustainability and healthy eating always go together. We can still meet our dietary requirements while developing sustainable practices. Becoming aware of how food is produced and processed is a good start."
With that said, here are ways on how to achieve sustainable healthy eating practice.
Be Mindful Of What You Eat
Mindful eating is arguably the most straightforward way of sustainable eating practice. It's an awareness of where the food came from, how it came to the table, and how it could nourish the body.
When famished, most of us get more than what we can consume. By being mindful, we can reduce our meals to smaller portions to prevent or decrease food scraps. Australian consumers have 3.1 million tonnes of food wastes each year, prompting the Australian government to develop a National Food Waste Strategy way back in 2016.
More than the government, it's important that each consumer pays attention to food consumption to prevent unnecessary food waste. After all, consuming the right amount of food reduces demand on the supply and decreases excess production.
Patronise Local Produce
Try to explore the farmers' markets for locally grown fresh produce. Additionally, there is a huge possibility of meeting the farmers themselves to know more about the crop. If lucky, they can educate you on the process of growing, harvesting, and ultimately preparing the food. That way, you'll be aware and appreciate the process, hardships and challenges that go with producing the food you eat.
Stick To Seasonal Plants
Eating seasonal vegetables and fruits can significantly help reduce the environmental footprint. By seasonal, we mean plants that naturally grow in their season. Otherwise, when plants are grown in climate-controlled greenhouse gases, a significant amount of energy is used to heat the building, producing a high carbon footprint.
Eat Less Red Meat
Running livestock requires more resources than plants. Meat production has substantially been one of the highest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. From raising up to transporting livestock and even processing their meat uses an ample amount of water, land, and energy.
For sustainability, meat-eaters could limit meat consumption to twice a week or as needed. Alternative sources of protein are plant-based such as plain tofu, chickpeas, and oats.
Eat Sustainably With Broth Of Life
A bit of sacrifice could go a long way for the future generation. Start implementing the recommendations mentioned above, or better yet, include a full-flavoured dehydrated organic beef, chicken and lamb bone broth that's paleo and GAPS-friendly.