TAG: Food Sustainability

What Makes Food Sustainable?

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What makes food sustainable? There are many different definitions of sustainable food. Sustain, a UK charity devoted to promoting sustainable food, emphasizes protection of biodiversity, environmental friendliness, health, and social and economic benefits. According to the University of Queensland, Australia, there are a number of things that impact the sustainability of food, including farming practices (i.e., use of pesticides and other chemicals, harvesting approaches), transport, processing, and business practices (i.e., Fair Trade). Sustain has clear recommendations for sustainable eating and drinking, and these are listed below: – Purchasing local, seasonal foods – Buying food produced by environmentally friendly farms – Keeping… read more

Why Buy Organic?

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Is organic food worth the extra cost? It’s certainly better for the environment because organic growers don’t use toxic pesticides or genetically modified organisms, and organic growing requires less fossil fuel. However, shipping organic foods requires fossil fuel and generates carbon emissions, so buying locally is better. Organic produce is also far less likely to be contaminated with toxic pesticide residues, which have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and neurological issues, and it may be more nutritious as well. Some studies comparing nutritional content have found in favor of organic produce whereas others have noted no significant differences, likely… read more

Eco-Friendly Potato Chips

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Have you ever looked at your bag of potato chips and wondered, “how do they make this?” Yeah, we all have. That greasy bag of chips has gone through quite a bit to end up on your Supermarket’s shelf and eventually, your home. While full of saturated fat and high levels of sodium, the process of creating these salty snacks is a lot more environmentally friendly than perhaps you might think. Take a look at this CNN special on how Frito-Lay, one of the largest chip-makers in the world, makes their snacks: Hungry? Disgusted? Let us know if your mind… read more

Eating Well At School (in Los Angeles At Least)

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For students, the promotion of optimal eating habits dictated in health class are often undermined in the school cafeteria. Here, plastic tray compartments are filled with formless food that serves as the object of disconcerting contemplation. Home life clearly plays an influential  role in the development of healthy eating habits, however, from an early age children spend a majority of their day in the school environment. It is here that their choices are defined, with most kids eating lunch and even breakfast at school. While this can be seen as an opportunity for schools to promote nutritious decisions, most lunch programs are… read more

Sustainable Liquor

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The Serralles Rum Distillery in Ponce, Puerto Rico, which has been owned by the family for 147 years, produces DonQ, Palo Viejo, and Caliche rums. They knew their challenges of disposing of millions of gallons of wastewater. While its competitor in Puerto Rico, Bacardi, dumps in the sea, the Serralles distillery has long routed its by-product to nearby fields. This was fine, until the rainy season swept in. During that May-to-November stretch, the fields would often get saturated, causing the waste to run off. Run off can cause dead zones in the ocean. Fearful of rousing the EPA, the distillery… read more

Overfishing with FishLove

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An organization in the UK that is attempting to make a bold statement against over fishing has taken to celebrities posing naked with dead fish. If they wanted everyone’s attention I think they received it that’s for sure! Should the point be not to kill fish rather than kill them to pose naked with them? According to FishLove’s website, Scientists predict that all marine life will effectively disappear from our oceans by the middle of this century if nothing is done about over-fishing. The people in these photographs want over-fishing to stop. Of course, with over fishing you also have… read more

Reuse Food Scraps

By SleepyNeko

Say for instance you love to cook with fresh ingredients at home but with this extravagant meal you have plenty of food scraps left over. You do not have a garden because you live in the city and are unable to compost your food. What do you do? Simple! Below are a few examples on how you can reduce and reuse your food scraps without composting. Stocks and Broths: Stocks and broths can be made using left over vegetable scraps and meat bones. Boiling these for a few hours can reduce what goes into the trash and the stock can… read more

Urban Farming

Urban farming

Would it ever be possible for people to walk down their own street and instead of seeing bare land in the landscape visualize urban farms filled with fresh vegetables grown by a community and shared by that same community? Regardless of whether it is a small cluster of herbs or a larger space covered in fruits and vegetables, it creates the idea of food sustainability within a community. Not only does it spread the ideology of food sustainability, it composes the thought that community collaboration is essential. Urban farming can have a major impact on climate change as well. If… read more