This week we explore the concept of Sustainable Nutrition: How we feed ourselves and the planet .
The world is grappling with food insecurity and more than 3 billion people are malnourished. Many others surviving on low quality diets. So, food choices play a vital role in shaping the future of our planet and the well-being of generations to come.
But don’t take our word for it! According to a United Nations World Population Report (2019) as found on World Population Prospects 2019 Highlights (un.org) It is estimated that the world’s population will be 9.6 billion by 2050 and that we would need the equivalent of 3 x Earths to produce enough food to feed that amount of people if we do not change our food production practices.
So, what is sustainable nutrition? It is nutrition that is produced and delivered in a way that is mindful for people, the planet and society.
Here are a few tips to get you started!
- Select, where possible, plant-based meals: Incorporating more fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains into our diets not only boosts our health but also reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with livestock production.
- Support local farmers: By buying locally sourced produce, you reduce transportation emissions and support local economies. It’s a win-win for both the environment and our communities.
- Minimise food waste: Be mindful of your food consumption and reduce waste. Plan meals, store food properly, and compost leftovers to prevent unnecessary landfill contributions.
- Choose sustainably sourced seafood: Look for sustainable seafood options that are harvested or farmed responsibly, supporting healthy marine ecosystems, and ensuring long-term seafood availability.
- Embrace reusable containers: Ditch single-use plastics and opt for reusable containers, bottles, and utensils. Small changes add up and every effort counts!
Start small, make gradual changes, and celebrate every step you take towards a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle.
Together, we can nourish our bodies and protect our planet. Let’s embark on this journey to sustainable nutrition and make a positive impact for generations to come!
If you want to know more give this article from Harvard a read: Sustainability | The Nutrition Source | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
If you have any tips or thoughts to share on sustainable nutrition, we would love to hear them. Let’s inspire each other!
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