Good Nutrition Is Sustainable Nutrition
Sustainable is going to be the next trendy health and diet word of the next century.
Sustainable refers to how food acts in our body (in other words, can I keep eating a certain way indefinitely without harm?)
Sustainable also refers to how food is grown, harvested and transported.
Certain food production methods are sustainable – that is, they can continue on indefinitely without causing damage to people or the planet. Organic growing practices, properly pastured animals, and regenerative agriculture practices like soil management, biodynamic farms, and permaculture, are all sustainable and healing to the earth.
Many farmers today are working in harmony with animals, plants and the earth to produce healthy nourishing food. Those people are heroes.
Unfortunately, many of the largest food systems we have in place today – like factory farming and mass monocrop agriculture – are considered by science, economic and environmental experts as unsustainable.
They cause harm to the environment. They are cruel. They are eroding and deadening our life-giving topsoil. They are wasteful. They seep chemicals into our waters.
The over-arching question that a highly-populated planet must ask itself is: Can we keep eating food, and producing food, the way we are now?
It’s crazy to think about the fact that up to 50% of all food produced goes to waste – while hunger and malnutrition are still major issues across the globe.
The fact of the matter is that we have a planet that isn’t growing, but a human population that is.
When we are just starting out on our health journey, we are rightfully focused only on ourselves. Many of us are desperate for change. We have a chronic disease, we’re depressed, we have no energy for life. We NEED to get ourselves better, and that is Priority 1.
But at some point, once our health is seeing sunnier days, we start to look further out. We start to consider our planet. We start to consider how food gets to us, and what it was treated like before it arrived in the factory for processing.
We start to wonder what kinds of corporate shortcuts, chemicals and synthetic feeds and fertilizers are used to grow food as fast and cheap as possible.
We start to wonder about all these toxic ingredients, and we also start to wonder about what sort of nutrition these cheap fast fake foods give our bodies.