To make things worse, much of our food is processed by short-term profit seeking companies who are incentivized to make food ever cheaper to improve margins. Squeezing money out of ever longer supply chains inevitably leads to environmental and social costs that are externalized. Adding cheaper ingredients to food – such as sugar, fat or water – is another result.
The sustainable nutrition solutions we look for focus on healthy diets in sync with our natural environment. Those could be more plant-based diets with a lower environmental footprint, locally produced food with a shorter supply chain to avoid transportation emissions and improve freshness. Or organic food and alternative farming methods that don’t use pesticides and only natural fertilizer, if any.