It is no secret that health and nutrition are important in people’s everyday lives. The consumption of food is not the only natural, but the buying and selling of food is something some not always think about. The fads of a juice cleanse or people’s desire to move towards more plant-based diets have seemingly sprung from a rising concern of where products are coming from that wasn’t always present before. However, not only have people found it difficult to determine what foods are healthy and necessary for the body to function or not, but difficulty also lies when trying to figure out how fresh said foods are and where they are really coming from.
Some of these “health” foods are actually very difficult to find fresh or also are hurting the environment as a whole in different ways. The production and consumption of certain foods could be contributing to other larger issues such as global warming and more. According to The New York Times, the integration of a more regularly plant-based diet could eliminate some of these problems, but the influence of climate change is also affecting the production of certain products.
To be more aware, here are 5 foods that don’t seem like it, but are actually having a heavier impact on the environment than it may look at face value.
This one might be the most obvious, due to concerns revolving around livestock and health standards. the production and distribution of meat-based products have actually led to more atmospheric greenhouse gases according to the Scientific American slideshow. This has not only led to a heavier impact on global warming but has further caused a heavier occurrence of more extreme weather events such as floods and hurricanes.
Dairy products such as cheese fall under a similar category to that of meat products in terms of their influence on the emission of greenhouse gases. The emission of these greenhouse gases are not only bad for human consumption but the air and atmosphere as a whole.
The unexpected negative effect of the production of the healthy fatty snack, almonds is that it takes several gallons of water to grow. According to theThe University of California San Francisco’s Office of Sustainability, to produce a little amount of 16 almonds it is necessary to have around 15 gallons of water. This then makes it one of the hardest to sustain trees due to the amounts of water necessary to upkeep the distribution and consumptions of these nuts.
Much like almonds, avocados also require a significant amount of water for production. This just like almonds makes sustainability of avocado trees very difficult to not only maintain but justify the use of so many gallons of water. In addition to this, avocados are a single-use crop meaning that they have to be regrown on the same soil over and over. This then depletes the land and thus the soil making it more and more challenging for said production and the quality of the product.
5. Soy-Based Products
Lastly, soy-based products are also creating negative impacts on the environment and here is why. Soy is seemingly great for those looking to replace meat-based products in order to still get a significant amount of protein consumption necessary for bodily functions. However, due to the rise of consumption of soy, the actual production has let to significant deforestation. This then, like the maintenance of livestock, produces a rise of greenhouse gases due to the inability to be adsorbed through greenery found in forests.