These are the keys to eating sustainably

Associated British Foods, Coca-Cola, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg, Mars, Mondelez International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever, baptized by Oxfam as the Big Ten, are the large conglomerates that control almost everything we eat and we drink For more than a hundred years, the most powerful food and drink companies have taken over the land and used cheap labor to produce products at low cost and make huge profits. With 202.67 billion euros, Nestlé leads the ranking of the largest food companies in the world in terms of market capitalizationand, like the vast majority, it obtains its benefits at the expense of the environment and communities around the world, in addition to contributing to the crisis of the food system.

Oxfam , the confederation of NGOs working to end poverty and suffering, acknowledges that companies are not doing enough to curb huge greenhouse gas emissions; whereas most companies do not give small farmers equal access to their supply chains and none of them have committed to ensuring that they receive a fair price for their products; furthermore, very few have taken any action to address the exploitation of smallholder farmers and women farmworkers in their supply chains.

Food systems are not sustainable and food loses its nutritional benefits as a result of cheap food traps. About 800 million people are hungry in the world, while an even greater number suffer from diseases related to poor nutrition. Sustainable agriculture implies a reduction in environmental impact, respects biodiversity and ecosystems, is culturally acceptable, economically fair and affordable, and nutritionally safe.

Spain is the first European country in area and organic production and the third in the world behind Australia and Argentina. According to the Spanish Society of Organic Agriculture, the area destined for organic production in Spain reached 2,437,891 hectares in 2020. L’Horta del Mas Vinyes is one of the hundreds of ecological gardens that exist in our country. In the Empordá area, they cultivate in a way that respects the environment. 

Robert Blanch Roig, one of its partners, says that the type of agriculture that best preserves the environment is regenerative, “which consists of the use of various cultivation techniques for the recovery and regeneration of the soil and the biodiversity of a certain area cultivation”.

Organic production is responsible for better preserving all the nutritional benefits of food by avoiding the use of fertilizers and pesticides. Seasonal consumption is another essential factor to maintain a good diet as well as the maintenance of the planet. Among other techniques, Blanch comments that in her garden, and to better preserve the nutritional properties of the food, they collect their products on request, that is, “when an order comes in, we prepare it and collect it. Since it is extracted from the ground until it reaches its final destination, less than twelve hours have elapsed and thus we guarantee the maximum freshness of our products” he concludes.

Tips for sustainable eating:

  • Balance your diet: opt for a diet rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits and vegetables.
  • Reduce consumption: reduce the amount of meat, fish and dairy products in your diet.
  • Opt for the natural: forget about pre-cooked, transgenic and processed products.
  • Avoid waste: buy only the amount of food you are going to consume.
  • Go green: include pesticide- and fertilizer-free products in your diet.
  • Take care of the environment: if you eat seasonal food you will reduce CO2 emissions
  • Support Fair Trade: Choose foods that promote a respectful business relationship.
  • Join a consumer group: it will give you access to local products without intermediaries.

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