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[Ambassador report] (Thematic Report December 2019: Our Food Habits and Environment)

by Dharmendra Kapri | 19-02-2020 09:39 Comments 9 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

Is our food sustainable? This is a crucial question that has become common as people start examining their eating habits and the impacts of food processing on the environment. Having a better understanding of what makes a food sustainable could help us all make more informed decisions. It would allow us to weigh up products and brands more easily. Today, food accounts for about 25% of the greenhouse emissions released into the atmosphere.

We can eat healthy, organic, low-calorie food that is above all climate-friendly! But how?

I came across some very interesting facts and examples while reading Tree by Tree book and I would like to mention those examples here. How environmentally friendly certain fruits and vegetables are, depends to a large extent on whether they are harvested during their actual growing season or not and most important than all of the kilometers traveled.


For instance, an apple from Germany is not always automatically more environmentally friendly than an apple from any other country (Chile or New Zealand). This is because the month long storage of the German apple in a cool storage facility consumes quite a bit of energy and therefore emits quite a bit of CO2 into the air. Climate friendly local apples are therefore only available during the time of their harvest, from September until May. From June until next harvest in September, however, the apples from New Zealand are better off in terms of climate protection despite the fact that they have been shipped halfway around the world.


In any case, it is always better to purchase fruit that has been freshly harvested- without the long wait in a storage facility and without the thousands of transported miles.


Another example, One kilogram of fruits or vegetable from the local region (let’s say India) emits on average 230 grams of CO2, a kilogram from another South Asian country emits on average 460 grams of CO2, if it is transported by ship, then we are already at 570 grams of CO2, and if it is transported by airplane then it reaches 11,000 grams of C02 per kilogram.


Apart from that, there are so many other factors which makes a food sustainable like, Sustainable farming practices, upholding animal welfare, protection of public health, low environmental impact, packaging, sustainable use of energy etc.


Adopting even one seemingly small and simple sustainable food habit can make a huge difference in promoting a more sustainable food system. Achieving a healthy and sustainable food future is an urgent matter that depends on global collaborative efforts.




Pawan Lamichhane

  • Pawan Lamichhane says :
    Hello Dharmendra
    I hope you are doing well

    Thank you so much for this report
    Posted 09-03-2020 22:55

Susmita Horticulturist

  • Susmita Horticulturist says :
    Hello Dharmendra
    I hope you are doing wel
    Thank you so much for this report
    Posted 28-02-2020 11:15

Susmita Horticulturist

  • Susmita Horticulturist says :
    Hello Dharmendra
    I hope you are doing wel
    Thank you so much for this report
    Posted 28-02-2020 11:05

Jasmine Karki

  • Jasmine Karki says :
    Thank you so much for sharing your informative report!!
    Eagerly waiting for your more reports..

    Green cheers
    Jasmine karki
    Posted 27-02-2020 00:42

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Dharmendra

    I could learn a lot about the concept of sustainable food. On daily food habits, people usually don't consider about their carbon footprints. However, as you mentioned, even small change in food habits can make big difference, and if people come together under the idea of preserving the environment, the influence will be even larger!

    Thank you for the great report.
    Posted 23-02-2020 12:29

Rachu Khanal

  • Rachu Khanal says :
    Thank you for the report
    Posted 22-02-2020 19:34

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Dharmendra

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Our Food Habits and Environment

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 21-02-2020 10:38

Nitipak Ratapipat

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hey Dharmendra!
    It's Lisa your mentor.

    I do certainly think that the local food movement is a great way to start having our meals in an environmentally sustainable way. The carbon footprints that are left by the food that we consume every day are unimaginable, but the problem is that they are not really tangible to us so we don't get to feel the seriousness of the matter. But they do matter, and they matter a lot.
    By changing our daily habits just a bit, we can make huge differences and I agree that this should be done in collaborative manners!

    Enjoyed reading your report:)
    Keep it up!
    Posted 19-02-2020 23:35

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