Food effects on the environment

I invite everyone to reflect on how food enters not only our mouth but also our thoughts, almost continuously, due to the media-world in which we are immersed. Are we fully aware of food’s ability to influence the environment? Indeed, our food choices can change the already uncertain equilibrium of the planet. Let’s start from the fact that today the “claims”, in the food sector, on non-local products and above all not zero kilometers have increased to the point of being able to carry, on our tables, exotic products that, just ten years ago, we could never have bought with so easy. Added to this is also the “distortions” of the market. Yesterday, I wanted to buy lemons in the supermarket. I go to the fruit and vegetable counter and find them. Provenance: Argentina. I am very surprised because I live in Italy and also in the South. Now I don’t even want to question the quality, taste and smell of Argentine lemons, but let’s ask ourselves how much it costs us in terms of CO2 production, transporting those lemons to Italy. And lemons are no exception, far from it. There are many foods that, despite being produced also in Italy, arrive on our tables from the other end of the world. Furthermore we should consider the amount of pesticides and chemical residues present on products sold to consumers, often detecting enormous irregularities and use of products that are prohibited in Europe, but especially in Italy. All this still to the detriment of the Earth, as well as of our health. The greatest damage caused by our food choices on the environment, however, derives mainly from other factors. First of all the agricultural cultivation that has been transformed, preferring quantity over quality at all costs, in order to sell at bargain prices and destroy the competition that does not adapt. Obviously this result is achieved only through the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides that poison what we eat, the soil and groundwater. Another important element is intensive farming. Thousands of animals crammed into small spaces for greater profits and fed with unnatural feeds. The land destined for cattle breeding now exceeds 30% of land that is not covered by ice. This percentage is constantly growing and is the main cause of deforestation, yes because the main reason for deforestation is not (like the tale they tell us) the production of paper and timber, but the search for new pastures and new fertile lands, because the trampling produced by the high density of animals in the pastures makes the land sterile for many years. Other polluting activities in the production of food of animal origin are the production, processing and transport of vegetables to feed the animals. To all this we must also add an aspect, so to speak, social. In order to produce soy and cereals to feed the animals, which in turn will become direct and / or indirect foods of Western man, fertile soils are used which until a few years ago were the only resource for producing food for the poor people of various underdeveloped countries. It is the new colonization that defends those lands also with arms and mercenary armies in order to keep the desperate and hungry natives away and is the cause of thousands of deaths, especially among children. In conclusion, let us know what is behind our food choices and how these can affect the delicate balance of the earth’s ecosystem.