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What we eat vs. climate change

In a recent article published by the International Well Building Institute, we are informed that food production is the leading cause of deforestation, biodiversity loss, in addition to both soil and water pollution.

The Food Revolution Network is also in agreement, where in a recent blog post they highlight that a common problem each of us face globally, is climate change.

For many, the problem is considered daunting and individually unachievable. This is a result of living in a generation of convenience where we don’t want to stop driving our cars, heating our homes or buying the many manufactured wants we are persuaded with daily. The good news however, is that we do all share the mutual ability to significantly impact climate change through the food we eat.

In relation, The Food Revolution Network acknowledges that this is not the whole story but explain that ‘by making small adjustments to your daily food choices, you can help counteract the biggest environmental threat we’re facing today’.

A report from the World Resources Institute released at the end of last year further advises that shifting from a standard, animal-based diet is one of the best places to start. They explain that ‘even changing just 30% of your food from animal products to plant-based foods would be effective’.

Therefore, it is important to remember that sustainable eating does not require a complete overhaul of your diet; a few small changes can still have a big impact.

In line with this, several national dietary, for example The United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium and the Netherlands, have all sought to address sustainability by placing it at the core of their recommendations.

Foods considered to be more sustainable are those which generate minimal carbon footprint, as well as minimal land, water and energy utilisation in the production system and, importantly, are nutritionally adequate. Therefore, an environmentally sustainable and healthy diet are usually synonymous.

So, whether you commit fully to a plant-based diet or simply adopt a meat-free Monday regime, there are an abundant of steps you can take for both you and the planet.

At Healthy Nibbles, we are committed to positively impacting people and assisting the way in which we can influence climate change positively by enabling healthier choices specifically. Therefore we continually strive to understand the global importance of this topic and the way in which it correlates with healthy eating. We believe it to be an important topic to monitor and assess in relation to global actions and trends for decision making and planning purposes.