This page aims to explore some of the issues of health and food sustainability. We will look at some of the solutions separately.
Human health cannot be viewed simply as a ‘health sector’ issue, but as a systemic ‘food-and-health’ issue. Our health and the food we eat depend on sustainable food systems – on how our food is grown and produced. This sustainability depends on the quality of our soil.
“A sustainable food system is protective and respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems, culturally acceptable, accessible, economically fair and affordable, nutritionally adequate, safe and healthy, while optimizing natural and human resources”
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
But, when we look closely at our food system, we become aware of how unsustainable it has become. We become aware of how disconnected we are from the soil in which our food is grown, from the crop varieties that offer us optimum health and from the bio-diverse, local ecosystems for planetary health.
We are in danger of running out of topsoil which not only threatens our ability to feed ourselves in the future, soil also has a role to play in climate change.
We will have more to say about this soon but in the meantime check out these links:
Soil Association’s campaign: Save Our Soil
It now seems apparent that we have a climate emergency on our hands and food production has a role to play.
Feeding a growing population
We are still building this site so please do come back for more in the future or get in touch with your content suggestions on our Citizens, Health Professionals & Suppliers/Growers pages.
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