How to know what to avoid?
How to know what to avoid?
With the advent of social media and the Internet in general there are many more source of information true and false available on which products and services should be considered good for the environment and your health.
Taking the time to stand back and assess the available information and make changes to your lifestyle has become a lengthy process for people who take an interest in their own and the world’s well being.
The subject is not clear cut either, what may be better for your personal health short term, may damage the environment for other people and future generations.
For example living in the UK it may be better for your personal health to eat organic watermelons from California but the environmental impact of water use in that region and transporting the fruit would have negative consequences for the environment.
The ideal situation may be to grow your own organic seasonal food or purchase local supplies but although this is possible, society has become used to exotic foods from different climates and eating food regardless of season.
So who do you believe? I think there is no single solution to this problem. It is a case of pros and cons based on available information and resources.
This is a changing topic with new research and ideas being published daily. What may suit one person’s lifestyle and ethics may not suit another’s.
My personal ideal would be to eat an organic locally or home grown vegan diet consisting mainly of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables cooked from scratch at home.
You will note I said ideal, this lifestyle is not always possible 100% of the time, a good example is when eating at a friend’s house. I think it is perfectly acceptable to stick to my vegan (as far as possible) choice but expecting others to only serve organic local produce would make life very challenging and may be OTT 100% of the time.
I am very much of the opinion that I should do the best I can given the society we live in, different people are at a different point in their lives and have different ethics and beliefs and budgets.
This is not just about food, the services we use have a long line of inputs and we must choose what products and service we support.
For example most people buy clothes from high street shops, it would be hard not too. But where are the clothes made? Are the workers treated fairly and does the companies ethics match your own.
We cant always afford the perfect products and services but I think we should all at least take an interest and where there is a choice use our money to show businesses how we would like them to product the product we buy.
I would love to know your views on this topic.