5 foods, besides meat, to avoid to save the planet
March 23 2018·
March 23 2018·
As we all know, certain foods should be avoided to preserve our health. But our choices can also affect the health of our planet! Here are 5 foods to avoid in order to protect the earth and her plants and creatures:
Along with soybean oil, palm oil is the most commonly used fat in the food industry. According to the WWF (World Wild Fund for Nature), its production is particularly harmful for the planet. It contributes to the deforestation of primary forests, leading to soil depletion and pollution, as well as the destruction of natural habitats of several endangered species.
The worldwide demand for cocoa is increasing, as are its consequences.
Cocoa farming requires specific climatic conditions that only exist around the equatorial forests. The catastrophic effects of cocoa farming include the massive deforestation in countries such as Ivory Coast, Ghana and Indonesia. To add to this, every gram of chocolate requires an astronomical quantity of water, amounting to 2400 litres per 100 g of chocolate.
Refined sugar is far from being our friend. In addition to contributing to major worldwide health problems, sugar represents one of the most harmful crops for the planet. Sugar plantations are responsible for the destruction of a significant portion of the world’s biodiversity. The process pollutes the earth with harmful pesticides, causes soil erosion and once again, requires a tremendous amount of water.
Part of the Fabaceae legume family, soy is a victim of its own popularity. Its production worldwide has more than doubled over the past 20 years. Among its many harmful repercussions, soy farming represents the main cause of the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. A total of 10 000 square km of forest is cut down each year, at the expense of the First Nations' land and the local biodiversity.
Approximately 3 litres of water and 33 cl of petroleum are required to produce a single 1L bottle of water. Year after year, the global bottle production comes at a huge price for the planet. The worst part is that 80% of these plastic bottles are not recycled and end up in our eco-system.
In 2005, the annual average of plastic bottles per person was 102 in Quebec alone. You read right! 102 BOTTLES PER PERSON! Imagine the earth 20 years later…. According to a study by The World Economic Forum and the Ellen McArthur Foundation, by 2050, the ocean will contain more plastic bottles than fish species.
Food for thought...
Leslie Ann Dion