I’m all ranted out for now, so I shall bring this series to a close. I have hinted at a number of things we, the average consumer, can do to improve the system. So, to finish off the series, I am posting a list created by a professor of Environmental Studies, Dr. Richard Andrus, which I think is completely reasonable to attain.
For personal health-
- Eat more whole foods and avoid processed sugars & starch.
- Avoid factory farmed meat, dairy & eggs wherever possible.
- Eat modest amounts of grass-fed meat.
For the environment-
- Avoid factory farmed meat. They cause massive pollution issues from concentration of nitrates and massive erosion from corn & soybean production for animal feed.
- Buy local. This cuts back of food miles and helps reduce CO2 emissions.
- Buy unprocessed food, as processing takes huge amounts of fossil fuels.
- Avoid any processed drinks that come in a non-reusable container. The only reusable containers available currently are glass beer bottles from Canada. Recyclable does NOT mean reusable. Most recycled containers end up in the landfill.
- Buy organic, as long as it’s unprocessed.
- Grow, cook and brew your own.
1. Purchase as little food as possible that results in profits for corporations. There are two reasons. One is that by law they are bound to maximize profits for shareholders, which means they are bound to take advantage of human weaknesses that attract us to unhealthy foods. The second reason is that a prime way to increase profits is do whatever you can legally do to externalize the costs of your activities. This results in pollution from agricultural fields, abuse of farm workers. contamination from factory farms, abuse of farm animals,and huge production of packaging solid waste.
Andrus, Richard, PhD. Some Simple Dietary Suggestions. Binghamton University. Web. 15 Nov. 2009.