DILEMMA_foodModern forms of producing and distributing food have created new challenges for people seeking healthy food. It is no longer sufficient to be simply concerned with MyPlate, calories, fat, carbs, and protein. Equally if not more important is where you shop for groceries, the source and farming methods used to grow your food, the way you cook food, and, perhaps the biggest challenge, whether to eat animal flesh and by-products.

  • Most grocery stores select products solely to maximize profit without strongly considering the nutritional value, health implications, or environmental impact of products.
  • Common pesticides used in conventional farming have been linked to a greater risk of birth defects, cognitive impairment, breast cancer, autism, attention deficit disorder, and endocrine (hormone) disruption.
  • Foods sourced from certain regions have unusually high concentrations of toxic metals and chemicals, such as arsenic and cadmium.
  • Certain forms of cooking can form acrylamide, a likely carcinogen, on the food surface.
  • Eating meat creates 50 percent more greenhouse gases than a vegetarian diet. Eating meat also increases your risk for colon cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, kidney stones, and other health problems.

 

Take Action

  1. To the extent possible, buy food that is “Certified Organic.”
  2. Ensure that food packaging is non-toxic.
  3. Do your grocery shopping at a socially-responsible store.
  4. Learn about how to reduce the formation of acrylamide.
  5. Select rice with low levels of arsenic.
  6. Maximize the number of days that you eat a vegan diet.