Actress and activist Sophia Bush sits down with experts to find answers to the audience’s most pressing questions on today’s most confusing topics, emphasizing the simple facts you need to know.
Over the past few yearsNot only do many people begin to think more about the nutrient density of their food, but also how that food affects the environment, animals and farm workers. (Fortunately, The nutritionally best food is also the best for the planet, so you don’t have to choose between your nutrition and sustainability efforts.) And though it’s great as we are day by day keep brands accountable for their impact, what about self-responsibility?
In the latest episode of the web series Well + Good Need to know, host and actress Sophia Bush and writers and activists focused on sustainability Alicia Kennedy explain why food sustainability is important, plus actions that people everywhere can practice on their own every day.
“The United Nations recently reported that the global food system accounts for 30% global greenhouse gasesKennedy said the video, explaining the environmental impact of food. One reason for this, she added, is 80% of global agricultural land is used to grow grain for livestock, providing only 18% of our global calories. This shows how the land is being misused and the greenhouse gas is generated in the process.
“If you eat meat from local butcher who support local farmers, that will be the best thing you can do to cut miles or processing.” —Alicia Kennedy, food sustainability expert
But land use is not the only factor contributing to greenhouse gas generation. The process of preparing, packaging and transporting food are also determinants, Kennedy said. So what can you do to help reduce the damage? Lots, as it turns out. One trick, she says, is to try to buy locally, when possible. This reduces the distance your food has to travel to reach you. “If you eat meat from local butcher that supports local farmers, that would be the best thing you can do to cut down on mileage or processing,” Kennedy said.
Of course, not everyone has the ability to decide where they’ll buy groceries or which suppliers they’ll support, depending on where they live and how much they can spend. Have 13.5 million people in America people with limited access to large supermarkets or grocery stores, let alone local butcher or farmer’s markets. In the video, Kennedy shares ways in which people can mobilize and support those living in under-resourced communities in their efforts to drive change, for example by finding support programs. mutual and fairness of food.
It’s important to remember that true sustainability in food includes people, as well as animals and planets. “We’re in a moment where a lot of us are realizing there’s a lot of things we can do,” Bush said in the video. “If we each take a step, things start to change very quickly.” Watch the video above to learn more about applying food sustainability tips.
Oh, hi! You look like someone who likes free, discounted workouts for cult brands and exclusive Well + Good content. Sign up Well +Our online community of health insiders and unlocks your rewards instantly.