Grand challenges: Food for Thought

Over the last week, I’ve been beavering away at another online course through FutureLearn. In contrast to the recent ones on growing, this one is about eating. Or rather sustainable food.

There are many questions I would like answered regarding sustainability and food, although this hasn’t happened yet on the course. On the other hand, I came across a bbc.co.uk article A bit of meat, a lot of veg – the flexitarian diet to feed 10bn, which has a food sustainability counter.

Out of interest, I inputted data for two foods I eat: bananas and beans. I gave the amounts as the same for the sake of comparison. Thus:

And now for the results:

This exercise may be amusing but also misleading if you’re not thinking too critically. Still, as I intend to drive at least 1000 miles less this year, my bananas should come guilt-free, no?

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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7 Responses to Grand challenges: Food for Thought

  1. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    How interesting! Will check out your link. There is a lot of debate here at present about our farming (hugely important industry to Ireland) and the recent report on need for changes in our diet. If you pardon the pun it certainly makes food for thought!

    • Helen says:

      😊 It is good that the debate is finally being had, although it is a very complex issue and I doubt at the end of the course all will be totally clear.

  2. clarejk2014 says:

    This is very interesting, I keep meaning to be more environmentally friendly so this link sounds useful. I’ll take a look. πŸ™‚

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