Do you know where your food comes from?

Written by on June 14, 2012 in Food & Drink - Comments Off on Do you know where your food comes from?

Good food should be everyone’s right and not a privilege. We should all have access to healthy, organically grown foods which are minimally processed, fairly traded, fresh and seasonal.

For the last few decades food has been the major reason for earth and human kind’s biggest problems. From food poverty and waste, to climate change and obesity, food production and consumption has led to a large and increasing number of diet-related illnesses and deaths. So just how do we learn to make it part of the solution?

Agriculture, one of, if not the most important of any of civilization’s activities, was developed at least 10,000 years ago, and although it’s significant developments means that we’re producing more food than ever before, it also continues to replace natural ecosystems. This means that everywhere we turn; we are faced with genetically modified foods and a ridiculous amount of food waste. Furthermore, this not only affects us, but also the environment we live in, shaping the legacy of future generations.

The average person has 3 meals a day, which works out to approximately 100,000 meals in a lifetime.

The UK, US and Europe have nearly twice as much food as is required when compared to the nutritional needs of their cumulative populations. It is shocking to know that up to half of the entire food supply is wasted between the farm and the fork, in addition to the average British family throwing away £680 worth of food, bought from the supermarket, every year. Businesses also play a vital part in contributing to this extremely large number, by rejecting perfectly good produce, such as ‘wonky vegetables’, which are condemned to waste due only to their different sizes and shapes.

The change begins with educated consumers who know where their food comes from. The average person has 3 meals a day, which works out to approximately 100,000 meals in a lifetime. That makes the choice of what to eat a hugely impactful decision!

The video above is called ‘Three Meals That Matter’. Learn more about the food we put on our plates every day.

 

About the Author

Charlotte

Founder of Allmygoodness. True believer in the goodness way of life. Sustainability & communications consultant. Foodie. Mother of a girl and twin boys.