Steps leading to a sustainable food system:
In current times, we all are well aware of the term sustainability but there is a rarely discussed concept of a sustainable food system that aims at achieving food, nutrition security, and healthy diets while reducing the negative environmental impacts and increasing socio-economic welfare. It takes the energy of the planet for future generations into account and protects these resources from being exhausted.
Here are six ways you can create your sustainable food system:
1. Locally sourced food
The costs of transportation of food worldwide are not only calculated in monetary terms but also carbon emissions. Start cultivating your herb garden to reduce your nutritional miles. Simple, cost-effective, and sustainable.
2. Encourage cooking
Homemade meals are said to be the most nutritious since they exclude preservatives, added sugar, and fats. So cooking uses resources more healthily and is better for your health in the long run.
3. Waste less
Food sent to landfills contributes to carbon emissions. So composting the food scraps is an easy alternative and can be done at home too.
4. Mindful consumption
People are becoming conscious of the kind of food they eat which has led to people switching to vegetarian or vegan food to contribute to the environment.
5. Consider the food’s true cost
The “true cost” of food refers to the frequently unseen environmental and social consequences produced by mass food processing. While in the supermarket unnatural goods can be cheaper, their negative effect on the people and world inevitably has a higher “real cost.”
6. Reduce the proportion of animal protein in your calories
Cutting out non-vegetarian food isn’t the only solution. You can also reduce the intake and have it twice a week or any other alternative that suits you.
A sustainable food system also encourages local production and distribution and makes nutritious food available, accessible, and affordable to all. Furthermore, it is humane and just, thereby protecting local farmers and other workers, consumers, and our communities.