Feeding the planet, without eating it
Food, by feeding people, nourishes the planet. But this sentence is only half-true. Over the last two centuries human activities have seriously endangered the planet’s health, and the close link between the Earth’s and our own well-being has been forgotten. The environmental impact of today's global food production demonstrates that whilst on the one hand we are nourishing the planet, on the other we are extinguishing and impoverishing it. In fact, we are eating it.
The exploitation of soil, water and energy, the use of pesticides in agriculture, carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, intensive cattle breeding and farming, GMOs and deforestation derived from the production of palm oil or cereals as animal feed are depriving the Earth of precious resources, causing unsustainable impacts on the environment.
Luckily, sustainable food already exists, is increasingly popular amongst consumers and is demonstrating its potential for development. This food protects biodiversity and is produced without the use of chemicals in farming. It respects the seasonality of products and doesn’t require energy-draining greenhouses to grow, has a short supply chain, guarantees animals a good life and natural feeds, and celebrates farmers’ work. This food is produced in accordance with an economic formula of respect for people and the planet, LifeGate’s People Planet Profit model: three links within the same chain of a new model of sustainable development.
The Mediterranean diet encourages sustainable choices when it comes to food: according to the “Mediterranean diet pyramid” the foods we should eat more frequently are precisely those that respect the environment because they require minimal resources to grow. These foods, integrated in a nutritionally balanced and sustainable diet, can really feed the planet, rather than eating it. This is the half-truth that was missing.