Earth Day does not go unnoticed by the Florida physicians and experts at Weight Success Centers. The science behind conservation efforts and building a more sustainable place to live is crucial for the wellbeing of the men and women we care for at our centers across Florida.
Of course, there are many ways to celebrate Earth Day, from planting trees to turning off lights to reduce energy consumption. As we join hundreds of countries around the world in this celebration, we think Earth Day is a perfect time to shed light on sustainability through food and agriculture.
Effects of Farming and Sustainable Food Choices
The experts at Weight Success Centers often tout the physical benefits of eating fresh fruits, vegetables, and plant-based proteins, which all come straight from Earth’s soil. With Earth’s ever-increasing population of humans, we have an increasing demand for farming precious lands. This overuse of land is causing other species to lose their natural habitats, resulting in negative repercussions for our ecosystem.
Notably, excessive land-use and agriculture practices are not the only issues. What we are farming also impacts our environment. Studies show vegetarian diets may be more sustainable than omnivore diets because certain vegetable-based crops feed more people with less land, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. According to scientists, reducing emissions is a key to environmental sustainability.
Healthy Diets to Support Sustainability
As diet experts, we know sustaining weight loss can be difficult without receiving guided support and making good choices. The same could be said for sustaining the Earth. You may not be ready to go green and become a full-fledged vegan, but there are a few simpler ways to support sustainability.
For example, choosing to buy produce from local farmers serving individual communities is a great way to support sustainable agriculture. Food grown and sold close to your home requires less packaging, less refrigeration, less fuel, and fewer distribution measures than mass-produced food that has to ship, fly, or drive thousands of miles before arriving at your hometown grocery store. The shorter distance from the farm to the table – the better for the environment.
From a health standpoint, farm-to-table foods are also associated with seasonal freshness, enhanced flavor, greater nutrition, fewer additives, and (most importantly) fewer pesticides. Many synthetic chemicals and fertilizers are linked to numerous health problems, including cancer. The USDA’s National Organic program designates and labels “Organic” foods must be produced without synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, genetic engineering, irradiation, or sewage sludge. Fortunately, there are many organic farms across Florida supplying us delicious foods to enjoy for Earth Day and throughout the year.
How will you celebrate Earth Day? Where are your favorite farms and fresh markets? Join the conversation on Weight Success Centers’ social media sites and find more great tips to share with your friends and families.