What you are about to watch are some of the main consequences behind the food waste we create. Although you may think you are doing the world a favor by eating organic foods or being vegetarian, there are still a wide array of problems that are being caused on a daily basis, no matter what diet you are following or where you shop.
The issues that affect us and our planet on a daily basis are: water pollution, plastic waste and GMO’s. How we produce food is unsustainable — farms create a substantial amount of waste, such as farm runoff, or nutrient pollution. Nutrient pollution eventually ends up is in larger bodies of water like lakes and oceans, where it creates areas of low oxygen called dead zones. Within these zones, a low oxygen environment makes it too difficult for marine life to survive hence the term “deadzone”. Because Big Agriculture will not stop anytime soon, we must establish better farming practices, specifically, ways to manage farm runoff.
The use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have increased food production substantially. However, the use of GMOs has also caused health problems for entire populations. Politics and corporate interests are big leaders in misleading information on the effects GMOs have on consumers health. People believe GMO food production will help solve the problem to food scarcity with our growing population. Corporations also bring in more business, more product, more sales, more profit. GMOs can have an effect on our metabolisms. We do not know what we are consuming or the extent of how safe it is to eat. In order for politics and corporate companies to make advantages in the workplace they put consumer’s health at risk, it has become too common and unsafe for us.
Food does not come to us right off the tree or right from the ground onto our dishes. There is a long process of when these crops go from the fields, to processing plants, and then to the grocery stores and supermarkets we buy food from. All of this causes more and more plastics to get used, discarded, and wasted in the end. Not only do you have to take into consideration the plastic that is being wasted, but the overall food that does not get eaten and simply gets thrown out. It is estimated that about ⅓ of all food produced globally ends up in the garbage or unused. If we have a food scarcity problem on the horizons, we need to be more efficient with the food that is being produced and the plastics we use to package and ship it.
At the end of this video, you will see how all three of these factors come together to cause this massive problem of food waste. By taking each factor into account and trying to minimize and optimize it, we can make some massive strides in the effort to end food waste.
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