Industrialisation of agriculture has encouraged farming to become capital and chemically intensive. As consumers we have all benefited enormously by this revolution. Every type of food imaginable is waiting to be bought 24 hours a day, around each corner in one huge superstore. Amazing… or is it?
However, with this so called positive never ending supply, negative concerns have arisen; local shops have been replaced by large supermarkets, we now have generic tasting foods everywhere. This type of shopping, although convenient and enjoyable, has affected the environment, the local producer and other countries involved in the retail process. It has also had a detrimental effect on our health.
Fair trade has been a topic of heated debate for clothing sweat shops in recent years and we are all very much aware. Food sustainability has been highlighted more and more, and it is clear we can no longer focus solely on food shopping for taste; we now have to consider a whole host of different health and ethical issues.
It seems you almost need a degree to go to the shops if you are going to remain in the know!
Do you know or check all the artificial ingredients mentioned in the food products labelling? Are you savvy on the amount of fat, sugar and salt you need each day to work out the traffic light system? And then as an extra bonus, you also need to be considerate about; where the product has travelled from, how much did it impact on the environment and if you can afford it! It is easy to see how running around the stores these concerns never feature.
It’s hard to believe that your individual choices will do anything to change the system and it may appear selfish, but it is clear many of us enjoy the lifestyles we now subscribe to and clearly not taking any responsibility for the future.
What about our children? What about the world around and our long term health? Do you care enough to make some simple changes?
It is ironic that we are becoming increasingly unhealthy eating more processed foods as we have huge superstores stocked with the freshest, prettiest, largest variety of fabulous foods from all over the world transported for us every couple of hours.
Recent television programmes and media have highlighted the fears that our children will die before us with illnesses related to obesity and unhealthy lifestyles. We are learning each day how chemicals in our food that we eat daily have hidden dangers and are contributing to our declining health. We are more than informed of the health changes we need to make: eat more natural unprocessed foods, more fruit and vegetables, fish etc
But what can we do further?
Rant over! 😉
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