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Mindful Corner: Food Sustainability

by Jenna Koroly, MS, RD, CSOWM, CDN

In our typical daily lives pre COVID-19, supermarkets were abound with almost any food that we desired. Different cuisines were available at a moment’s notice, particularly if living in a city. With less access overall to goods and services during the current COVID-19 pandemic, appreciating food becomes even more important.

Have you ever thought about where our food comes from? Our food has quite the journey: starting with planting and harvesting, going through processing, and then transporting, storing, purchasing, preparation, consumption, and discarding. Considering all the time and energy that goes into our food allows us to be more appreciative and mindful.

“According to the 2019 EAT-Lancet commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems, a global shift toward more plant-based foods…will help feed the world’s growing population a nutritious and sustainable diet” [Willett et al., 2019 as cited in reference i]. For tips on how to practice sustainable eating and appreciate our food system, check out this article from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. To help reduce food waste, take a look at the produce delivery service Misfits Market, which may also be particularly helpful during this time of physical distancing.

[i] Wolfram, T. (2019, February 15). Sustainable eating. Retrieved from https://www.eatright.org/health/lifestyle/culture-and-traditions/sustainable-eating

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