Whichever way we look at it, the food that we eat is going to have an impact on the environment it is produced in. Unless we all return to being hunter-gatherers (which frankly isn’t sustainable either!) our food will have to be farmed.
The challenge for society is to work out what we should eat, and how it should be grown, in order to be sustainable. But what do we mean by sustainable? There are a whole bunch of different ways to describe sustainable, it can be:
- Low climate impact
- Low water use
- High biodiversity
- Low input (pesticides / artificial fertilisers)
- High welfare
However, just because a food ticks one of these boxes, does not mean it ticks them all. Over a short series of articles, we’ll explore what these items mean and how they relate to the food we eat.