As the world's population grows, it's important that farmers adapt sustainable food growing methods—your healthy eating habits depend on it
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The odds are good you’re already a healthy eater. You can spot a proper portion size from a mile away, whip up balanced meals in minutes, and have a go-to grocery list stored on your phone. But how much thought do you give to how that food makes its way to your table—and the impact that has on our planet? If you find the concept of sustainability a bit overwhelming, here’s how to get up to speed.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Sustainability has become the buzzword for efforts being made to maintain the balance between our needs and natural resources. We all want to enjoy a variety of foods, but we have to make sure the water, land, and energy sources it takes to grow that food are used efficiently.
WHY SHOULD WE CARE?
Because the world is getting more crowded than your Zumba class. To feed our growing population, more food will need to be produced in the next 50 years than farmers have grown in the past 10,000 years combined. Growing those crops in a sustainable way will help achieve that goal—both now and well into the future.
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
Approaching sustainability from many angles is key, because it will take a lot of solutions to address the challenges we’re facing. Using the resources you have more efficiently has never been more important. Not sure where to start? Pay attention to the amount of water you use. Turn off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth, take shorter showers, and only run the dishwasher when it’s completely full.
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