Our planet suffers. The world population is growing at an accelerated pace: from the current 7.675 million people it will rise to 9.1 billion in 2050, according to FAO data. Undoubtedly, the advance of economic progress in emerging countries is considerably increasing world demand for food and diversified diets. Food production is projected to increase by 70% in the world and 100% in developing countries.
Faced with limited resources, we need to start changing our eating habits to contribute to food security, for the expected growth of the population and that we can ensure the care of our planet.
Agriculture has a greater environmental impact than we can come to believe. As he explains, the Dr. F. Xavier Medina , Director of the UNESCO Chair in Food, Culture and Development of the UOC , “ food production, transformation and distribution they contribute to pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, land degradation and the loss of biodiversity in dimensions that can be widely mitigated today ”.
So, healthy and sustainable eating can be one of the best solutions for our planet.
So what is healthy and sustainable eating?
It is a food model that aims to be able to face health and environmental concerns associated with food production and consumption . To do this, we will seek to promote responsible production and consumption, without forgetting to guarantee people’s health. Generate an environmental impact as low as possible, fighting, together, against climate change.
This type of food, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Of the United Nations, it is responsible, sustainable and ethical, both locally and globally with the environment and with the rest of the living beings on the planet.
Sustainable food also takes into account the environmental footprint, that is, the emission of gases, energy consumption and the use of water resources as well as the land during the entire process of the food chain. In addition to prioritizing slightly processed, local and seasonal foods and promoting culinary and gastronomic activities.
Sustainability in food consumption
As consumers we can also contribute to a more sustainable diet. From She Shreds we want to contribute and that is why we launch this section where we will talk about sustainable food, we will talk about recipes, products, etc.
What can we do as consumers to make our diet more sustainable and healthy?
When it comes to food, one question always stands out: what is healthy eating? The answer to this, together with an alliance towards environmental sustainability, gives these points to take into account in a sustainable diet:
- Eat less red and processed meats.
- Consume more local, seasonal and minimally processed products.
- Increase the consumption of legumes and nuts as a source of vegetable protein.
- Increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
- Eat more cereals and rich foods in starch.
- Maintain dairy consumption.
- Planning meals or taking advantage of leftovers contributes to change to avoid waste.
Therefore, betting on a healthy and sustainable diet is investing in health. It is important to promote a sufficient, complete, balanced, satisfactory, safe diet, adapted to the diner, the environment, sustainable and affordable. And ultimately, work for the global transformation of the food system.
Source: UOC Health Sciences
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