Stop buying foods/products that have un-environmental and unethical supply chains

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After doing some research, about 6-8 months ago, I made the commitment to only eat food that is environmentally-friendly.  I buy local and organic as much as possible.  I stopped buying foods that had negative environmental impacts in their production chain, such as:  deforestation/land degradation in order to clear space for plantations, subsequence habitat destruction and species endangerment, greenhouse gases released during processing and transportation (especially relevant for foods shipped from other countries), human rights abuses in the supply chain, non-sustainable packaging used etc.

It’s quite scary that there can be so much damage happening up the supply chain, that normal consumers have no idea about when they buy the product.  All it takes is at least some minimal research to understand where foods/products are coming from.  With the internet, there is no excuse.  PLEASE research what products/foods you buy!

*TIP:  Basically avoid anything that has to be grown in a tropical environment – it very likely is tied to tropical forest/habitat destruction, species endangerment and also human labor abuse.  Buy everything local and organic.

Foods to avoid 

Some top foods to avoid:  palm oil, chocolate, coconuts, coffee, vanilla, bananas, almonds/almond milk etc.

  1. Palm oil!!! (Many products have palm oil in them, including foods, soaps, cosmetics etc.  PLEASE check labels and avoid products with palm oil.  Most palm oil tree plantations are in Indonesia and Malaysia, and other tropical countries, where people have cleared tropical forests to make space.  This has resulted in massive deforestation, habitat loss and subsequent loss of species.  Particularly the endangered orangutan has been seriously impacted and is in danger of going extinct. Chemicals/fertilizer if not organically grown.)
  2. Chocolate.  (Grown mainly in Western African countries and South/Central America.  Causes massive deforestation, and thus species loss, as people clear tropical forests in order to plant cacao trees — although if good farming practices are in place, cacao trees could actually just be planted in the shade of local trees.  Chemicals/fertilizer if not organically grown.  MAJOR human rights abuses are still widespread, including low wages, forced/slave labor, child labor, and subsequent child kidnapping in order to force children to work on plantations.).
  3. Coconuts/Coconut oil/Coconut water/coconut milk.  (Grown in tropical countries like: Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Brazil etc.  Some deforestation and clearing of indigenous plants to make space for plantations.  Farming monoculture, which has negative impacts on habitats and species.  Chemicals/fertilizer if not organically grown. Greenhouse gas emissions during processing and transportation.  Human rights abuses along production chain: low wages for farmers and farm laborers, low wages for processing plant workers etc.).
  4. Coffee. (Grown in tropical countries like:  Brazil and Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia, Ethiopia etc.). MASSIVE deforestation and destruction of tropical forests.  *Could cause less destruction if trees were shade-grown.  Biodiversity and species loss.  Chemicals/fertilizer if not organically grown. Greenhouse gas emissions during processing and transportation. PACKAGING.  Human rights abuses along production chain: low wages, child labor, slave labor etc.).
  5. Vanilla.  (Madagascar, Indonesia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea etc.  Widespread deforestation and destruction of tropical forestsBiodiversity and species loss – human overpopulation and habitat destruction in Madagascar is causing population decline for the endangered lemurs, who are only found in Madagascar.  Chemicals/fertilizer if not organically grown. Greenhouse gas emissions during processing and transportation. PACKAGING.  Human rights abuses along production chain: low wages, extremely labor intensive since the vanilla orchids are so delicate, theft of the increasingly valuable vanilla pods, violence against farmers, corruption etc.)
  6. Bananas.  (India, China, Indonesia, Brazil, etc.  Monoculture – negative impact on species and habitats.  There is basically only one type of banana grown worldwide, Cavendish — thus the similar genetics cause vulnerability to fungi/bacteria outbreaks.  Contributes to heavy use of fungicides/pesticides.  Some forest clearance – although this is less than for some other plants/products, there still exists deforestation due to banana farming. Greenhouse gas emissions during processing and transportation. Packaging.  Human rights abuses along production chain: low wages, tough working conditions etc.)
  7. Almonds/almond milk/almond flour etc.  (US, Spain, Iran, Morocco etc.  Destruction of local environments.  Industrial almond farms require many bees to fertilize the trees.  This results in MASSIVE bee deaths, and abuses towards bees.  Large use of water.  Greenhouse gas emissions during processing and transportation. Packaging.)

 

I hope others read this and make these changes to your lives, too!  And spread the word!  Please be conscientious and do the research to make sure you are not inadvertently supporting horrific industries that are causing environmental degradation, species extinction and human rights abuses all over the world.

Best bets are to buy foods that are local, organic and with no packaging/plastic. πŸ™‚

One comment on Stop buying foods/products that have un-environmental and unethical supply chains

  1. ucbtmk2 says:

    Thank you for sharing this information and providing resources. I recently started to be more careful about foodstuff I buy. It’s sometimes hard to know whether producers are enviromentally friendly as they claim, so I do now my own research to make a better, if not the best, choice.

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Stop buying foods/products that have un-environmental and unethical supply chains

After doing some research, about 6-8 months ago, I made the commitment to only eat food that is environmentally-friendly.  I buy local and organic as much as possible.  I stopped buying foods that had negative environmental impacts in their production chain, such as:  deforestation/land degradation in order to clear space for plantations, subsequence habitat destruction and species endangerment, greenhouse gases released during processing and transportation (especially relevant for foods shipped from other countries), human rights abuses in the supply chain, non-sustainable packaging used etc.

It’s quite scary that there can be so much damage happening up the supply chain, that normal consumers have no idea about when they buy the product.  All it takes is at least some minimal research to understand where foods/products are coming from.  With the internet, there is no excuse.  PLEASE research what products/foods you buy!

*TIP:  Basically avoid anything that has to be grown in a tropical environment – it very likely is tied to tropical forest/habitat destruction, species endangerment and also human labor abuse.  Buy everything local and organic.

Foods to avoid 

Some top foods to avoid:  palm oil, chocolate, coconuts, coffee, vanilla, bananas, almonds/almond milk etc.

  1. Palm oil!!! (Many products have palm oil in them, including foods, soaps, cosmetics etc.  PLEASE check labels and avoid products with palm oil.  Most palm oil tree plantations are in Indonesia and Malaysia, and other tropical countries, where people have cleared tropical forests to make space.  This has resulted in massive deforestation, habitat loss and subsequent loss of species.  Particularly the endangered orangutan has been seriously impacted and is in danger of going extinct. Chemicals/fertilizer if not organically grown.)
  2. Chocolate.  (Grown mainly in Western African countries and South/Central America.  Causes massive deforestation, and thus species loss, as people clear tropical forests in order to plant cacao trees — although if good farming practices are in place, cacao trees could actually just be planted in the shade of local trees.  Chemicals/fertilizer if not organically grown.  MAJOR human rights abuses are still widespread, including low wages, forced/slave labor, child labor, and subsequent child kidnapping in order to force children to work on plantations.).
  3. Coconuts/Coconut oil/Coconut water/coconut milk.  (Grown in tropical countries like: Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Brazil etc.  Some deforestation and clearing of indigenous plants to make space for plantations.  Farming monoculture, which has negative impacts on habitats and species.  Chemicals/fertilizer if not organically grown. Greenhouse gas emissions during processing and transportation.  Human rights abuses along production chain: low wages for farmers and farm laborers, low wages for processing plant workers etc.).
  4. Coffee. (Grown in tropical countries like:  Brazil and Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia, Ethiopia etc.). MASSIVE deforestation and destruction of tropical forests.  *Could cause less destruction if trees were shade-grown.  Biodiversity and species loss.  Chemicals/fertilizer if not organically grown. Greenhouse gas emissions during processing and transportation. PACKAGING.  Human rights abuses along production chain: low wages, child labor, slave labor etc.).
  5. Vanilla.  (Madagascar, Indonesia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea etc.  Widespread deforestation and destruction of tropical forestsBiodiversity and species loss – human overpopulation and habitat destruction in Madagascar is causing population decline for the endangered lemurs, who are only found in Madagascar.  Chemicals/fertilizer if not organically grown. Greenhouse gas emissions during processing and transportation. PACKAGING.  Human rights abuses along production chain: low wages, extremely labor intensive since the vanilla orchids are so delicate, theft of the increasingly valuable vanilla pods, violence against farmers, corruption etc.)
  6. Bananas.  (India, China, Indonesia, Brazil, etc.  Monoculture – negative impact on species and habitats.  There is basically only one type of banana grown worldwide, Cavendish — thus the similar genetics cause vulnerability to fungi/bacteria outbreaks.  Contributes to heavy use of fungicides/pesticides.  Some forest clearance – although this is less than for some other plants/products, there still exists deforestation due to banana farming. Greenhouse gas emissions during processing and transportation. Packaging.  Human rights abuses along production chain: low wages, tough working conditions etc.)
  7. Almonds/almond milk/almond flour etc.  (US, Spain, Iran, Morocco etc.  Destruction of local environments.  Industrial almond farms require many bees to fertilize the trees.  This results in MASSIVE bee deaths, and abuses towards bees.  Large use of water.  Greenhouse gas emissions during processing and transportation. Packaging.)

 

I hope others read this and make these changes to your lives, too!  And spread the word!  Please be conscientious and do the research to make sure you are not inadvertently supporting horrific industries that are causing environmental degradation, species extinction and human rights abuses all over the world.

Best bets are to buy foods that are local, organic and with no packaging/plastic. πŸ™‚

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