7 Ways To Improve Our Food System In 2013
(HealingTalks) While many of us make a concerted effort to eat healthy and to examine what impact our food has on the Earth, there are still a lot of problems with our consumption. Those who are living on a lower budget should be able to eat healthy, fresh, and organic foods. There are ways to achieve this goal, and a lot of them start at home!
1.) Eat More Fruits and Veggies
Demand is directly proportional to supply. Snacking more on fruits, green vegetables, and whole grain foods devoid of preservatives or additives will create high demand in this category. The agricultural industry craves this response from the health conscious consumers. A higher demand will lead to increased supply of natural food items.
2.) Improve Local Food Systems
Our food system can be significantly improved if we set up community based organizations that would deliver and monitor the food supply. This will ensure food security through dedicated focus on the quality and performance of nutrition services. Better food system practices will improve health outcomes in the short, medium, and long term.
3.) Capacity Building
The use of soil contaminants are to be reduced to a large extent. To make the land fit for agricultural purposes, we have to ensure that all the contaminants are removed from the soil. It will not only benefit the farmer but also, in the end, the consumer. The yield will be high by maintaining the natural quality of food.
4.) Promote Urban Agriculture
An urban farm can help improve our natural living environment. It will benefit the surrounding communities by substantially reducing green house emissions. A green environment will not only improve access to healthy food but also promote health or physical activity. Agriculture in cities has played a vital role in developing many third world economies. The grown food is supplied directly to schools, hostels, restaurants, and to some under-served communities. There have even been instances when an urban farmer sold his indigenous vegetables to a rural farmer.
5.) Proper Supply-Chain Management
We have to design our supply chain network in a way that low-income consumers are able to make healthy food choices at an affordable price. There is no point in importing food from another country by imposing heavy duties that would raise the price ten fold. A properly managed supply network is the needed to check these unnecessary costs.
6.) Learn to cook
Fewer and fewer young people in developed countries are learning prepare their own food. If the trend isn’t reversed the demand for fast and unhealthy food will only increase. Cooking skills are required to ensure that healthy, home-cooked food is served for a nutritionally balanced diet. Relying more on junk food will only add to the epidemic of obesity and malnutrition the US is facing.
7.) Prevent Waste
Food waste doesn’t only happen on your plate. It is wasted right from the time it is loaded to the vehicles for transportation. Even more is wasted during unloading at storage houses. There are several ways in which waste can be reduced such as creating awareness through education about transforming waste food into bio-gas, rather than just throwing it out. There are also companies popping all over the country like New York City’s City Harvest that “rescue” otherwise wasted food and give it to the hungry.
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