Whenever we think about our diets, we are usually trying to find the foods that are most beneficial to us. We want to take care and nourish our bodies, so we look for foods we find will be the most wholesome. However, we don’t realize that many foods pollute the environment.
I know it may be shocking to learn that although something is natural and derived from the earth, it does not necessarily mean it will not create an environmental impact. Here are some of the foods that pollute the environment the most.
So many of us feel the need to drink at least one cup of coffee every day because of its caffeine component. However, coffee production is one of the biggest culprits of deforestation. Some coffee plants thrive under full sunlight, which leads farmers to destroy rainforests to maximize the amount of sunlight. In addition, deforestation destroys natural habitats for many animals, and coffee processing plants emit various pollutants onto rivers and streams.
Avocado plantations also require a vast amount of sunlight. Like coffee, deforestation is one of the biggest consequences of cultivating avocados because of the need to create more sunlight for the crops. Also, avocados use a lot of water, which minimizes the amount of clean water readily available.
I know we all love to have guacamole with friends, but try this recipe as a sustainable, delicious alternative to guac.
Sugar requires a large amount of agricultural chemicals such as compost and pesticides to promote plant growth. These chemicals contaminate soil and can be harmful to other species and plants. The high demand for sugar also makes it responsible for much of the loss of biodiversity on the planet due to the destruction of other habitats in order to make more room for sugar plantations.
No, this is not a vegan fad or a radical Green Peace campaign. There is plenty of literature on the various and dangerous impacts beef production has on the environment.
Did you know that more agricultural land is used to raise cattle than all other domestic animals and crops combined?
In addition, cattle are fed an increasing proportion of the grain produced by agriculture, are a significant contributor to water pollution and soil degradation, and are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Finally, livestock processing into meat, meat by-products, and leather is a major source of pollution in many countries.