What’s In Your Fridge: Sustainable Eating Habits

You are what you eat” – right?

There seems to be a clear connection between the state of the world’s public health and the things that we consume. I would like to say that people prefer to eat sustainably, but in many instances it comes down to what is affordable, and then there are some people that simply don’t understand what it means to eat sustainably.

Sustainable Eating

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable agriculture is a system of growing or raising food in an ecologically and ethically responsible matter by emphasizing the proven methods of protecting the environment and public health. When an individual or a family chooses to eat in a sustainable way, they can benefit in multiple ways from decreasing their exposure to harmful substances, antibiotics, etc.

Sustainable Eating Habits

What are the benefits to one’s health if they are eating sustainably? Eating sustainable foods that are grown sustainably has multiple health benefits including: decreased cholesterol levels, decrease risks of cancers, better colon function, and the ability to ingest higher levels of nutrients and minerals. Why choose food that is produced sustainably instead of industrially?

In the United States an alarming trend has taken hold of the public health systems. By eating food that is grown sustainably you can avoid issues with nutrients in food sources. Foods that are grown to produce high yields such as GMOs result in a decrease in important micronutrients and macronutrients. For example, these high yield production foods lead to a decrease in the availability of iron, potassium, riboflavin, etc. which are needed for human health and wellness.

By choosing to eat foods that are sustainably grown, you can improve your overall health and reduce the incidence of certain diseases such as heart disease and obesity.

Feature Image: an assortment of vegetables and naturally-derived oils. Image via Pixabay.

About The Author

My name I Heather Sowalla. I have a passion for the environment starting from the time I was a young girl. I fell in love with hiking and fishing, even playing with bugs! As I grew older my passions began to develop into something that I could mold my education around. Starting with my undergrad degree I focused on fish and wildlife management which took me from central Pennsylvania the entire way to Alaska for an internship with the Student Conservation Association. After that I decided, due to health reasons, that I needed a change of pace and so I moved in a direction of sustainability, in particular agriculture and food security and now as I work through my internship - I plan on graduating in the Spring of 2015 with my Masters. What will I do after that? Well ... I'm not really sure. Maybe I will be the next great of the Environmental Era? Maybe not ... but I will do my best to try!