Oct 06, 2015

Sustainable Food

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dried earth with very little lifeFood is one of the many things consumers think about. In fact, it occupies a large portion of most household budgets. A way to make sure that what you are spending on truly gives your family the nutrition they need is by choosing products coming from sustainable sources. So what qualifies as sustainable food?

There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to defining sustainable food. Generally, it's food that, when produced, does not cause damage to the environment, to people, to animals, and to every other living thing that thrives on this planet. It provides social benefits to the economy and to society as a whole. Organic growers raise sustainable food types in order to provide healthy meals on the tables of every home.

Sustainable Farming

One of the major sources of food is farming. Across the ages, this has sustained the food requirement of the world population. However, by the end of World War II, the population kept on increasing which resulted in the utilization of technological means to increase food production. Although modernization brought positive effects as a whole, it caused topsoil depletion, raised the cost of production, increased groundwater contamination, and caused utilization of more pesticides and other harmful chemicals.


Today, the adverse effects of modernization in agriculture have led the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to promote sustainable farming. These methods reduce pesticide risks and provide healthy and eco friendly food in every home. Buying organic food is one way of supporting sustainable farming.

Sustainable Fishing

Considering that fish is the most sought after source of protein globally, fisheries are now facing problems of overfishing. This overexploitation of fisheries has lead to the collapse of some fish stocks in certain areas in Canada and the US. This is a worldwide problem and without timely intervention, this would soon lead to precarious situations for the fishing industry as a whole.

Fortunately, organizations such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Blue Ocean Institute strive to increase consumer awareness when it comes to buying fish and other sustainable seafood from the market. Recently, legislation required fish vendors to inform consumers about the source of the produce they are selling. The Whole Foods Market also made it their goal to sell only products from fisheries that adhere to sustainable fishing standards.

The need to support sustainable food sources should start in every home. In fact, the Center for Sustainable Urban Development continues to research ways and means to bring sustainability in every community all across the United States. As a consumer, you can do your share by making sure that the food on your table comes from sustainable sources.

(2010) What is Sustainable Food?. Retrieved August 2, 2010, from http://www.sustainweb.org/sustainablefood/what_is_sustainable_food/

(2010) What is Sustainable Agriculture?. Retrieved August 2, 2010, from http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/concept.htm

(2010) Sustainable Agriculture. Retrieved August 2, 2010, from http://www.epa.gov/agriculture/tsus.html#Sustainable%20Agriculture

(2010) Sustainable Fisheries. Retrieved August 2, 2010, from http://marinebio.org/Oceans/Conservation/sustainable-fisheries.asp

(2010) Center for Sustainable Urban Development. Retrieved August 2, 2010, from http://csud.ei.columbia.edu/


  • Comment Link Health Food Geeks Sunday, 17 July 2011 14:47 posted by Health Food Geeks

    Good article. I am a huge proponet of substainable farming. The benefits to health by eating organic and not having harmful pesticides and herbicides could actually reduce our healthcare costs and help our economy by supporting green initatiaves.

  • Comment Link Philip Sunday, 07 August 2011 15:09 posted by Philip

    The unsustainable practice of "modern agriculture" only exists because Governments can not be bothered to make the economic system benefit US by making those who benefit (the chemical industry) compensate all of those who suffer from the build up of poisons in our food & water supplies as ever larger doses are applied to overcome the pest's resistance to chemicals.
    Food already takes more energy to produce than it releases when eaten. This is likely to get worse as mineral content of food falls due to the exhaustion of the soil because farmers grow the same crops in the same place year after year - thus leading to a build up of pests. The natural pest controllers have been forced out of the large fields of monoculture crops (perfect for pests to thrive in)

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