Sustainable Food Trends
We are now more conscious about the environment than ever before. Sustainability is becoming a trend and consumers are looking for sustainability in more of the products they buy. Reducing plastics and cycling instead of driving are just some of the actions people are taking to improve the earth’s sustainability.
But did you know, food can be sustainable too?
It is not enough to just eat healthy, we must take into consideration our impact on the earth. Our food choices play a critical role in the health of the air, water and soil, and the diverse ecosystem dependent upon them.
Food can be called sustainable when the production of food protects the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare by using farming techniques.Most organically grown foods are sustainable. It reduces the amount of pesticides and herbicides used on the plants and soil, which are incredibly damaging to the environment and our health.
Usually, someone might suggest that you should look for organic labels. But the regulation of organic products is ridiculous. Only 30% of food is certified as organic by The Chinese Organic Food Certification Centre (COFCC) and the rest are certified by third parties, private &international firms and individual inspectors. The best way to know where your food is coming from and if it is sustainable is by knowing the person who is selling their produce directly to you.
Producing meat products requires more energy, land and water resources. You would be surprised how much water it takes to produce meat produce. It takes 18,000 gallons of fresh water to produce only four steaks. That cow will produce 150 pounds of toxic waste per day. Their toxic wastes are often stored in cesspools which contaminate the air and water in the wastes run off into nearby rivers.
You might argue that veganism is more sustainable for the environment. There have been some interesting studies and findings on this matter recently.
On the one hand, there are positive findings from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences estimated that:
“If every person on Earth adopted a vegan diet – without milk, meat, honey, or any other animal-sourced foods – the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the food system in 2050 would fall by more than half compared to 2005/2007 levels.”
There are positive health benefits of veganism too such as increased level of energy and younger looking skins. Veganism can lower the chances of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
On the other hand, studies published in Elementa suggest that cutting out our meat-eating ways altogether is not the best way of maximizing sustainable land use in the long run. The idea is that we should cut back on our meat intake daily and weekly. Many of us have meat with every meal and it’s not necessary at all. If you think by doing this you would be lacking protein, think again and educate yourself! You can find protein in so many other foods such as legumes and TVP products.
It should be noted that some TVP products are processed with polluting neurotoxic hexane, which is a colourless liquid hydrocarbon. Fermented soya is the healthiest type of TVP such as miso or tempeh. Look at the small print to check and make sure the TVP produce has been processed without this toxic chemical. Alternatively, you can order foods from GoVegan!
Nearly 2 years ago, Ash Marad and Zack Atlan realised couldn’t tolerate meat based diets and the whole concept behind them. After studying for years about the best possible diet, they decided that a meat based diet was not sustainable and harms everything that it touches: the environment, the animals and even our own health. A plant based diet, they thought, was the solution to all the Western world’s woes and GoVegan was born. GoVegan is a vegan delivery solution that provides fresh food to Guangzhou and dry food to the rest of China. GoVegan believes that a plant based diet is the solution for many environmental issues our world is facing today; it’s a solution for our health, physically and mentally, and of course for the billions of land and sea animals that are victims of this cruel industry. GoVegan is a success, with more than 4000 followers on WeChat and a steady flow of customers.
5 places that serve delicious vegan dishes in Shanghai. Grab your friends and go try them out!
1. Hui Yuan Vegan Restaurant
49 East Huaihai Road, near South Yunnan Road
2. Taiwan Brother 7 Vegan Hut
5th floor, 339 North Caoxi Road, near Nandan Road, Xuhui district.
3. Pret A Manger
B1, 1515 Nanjing West Road, Jingan Kerry Centre
291 Fuming Road
3rd floor, 699 Zhongshan South 2nd Road
After reading this article, can you think of any way you could make your diet more sustainable? Let us know!
And… That’s it!