Learn about how the small changes you adopt, will make a big difference over time.
The Good Life Goals are the civil side of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Created by the UN in 2018, they are 17 goals to help governments, companies and people like you and me make a difference for a better future. Not just for us now, but for generations to come.
GOAL 2: EAT WELL
Food is one of the most important things that sustain life on this planet (without it, we'd die). Unfortunately, some groups of people have better access to healthy and nutrient-dense foods than others. Even worse, many groups who have better access to quality food sources also tend to waste it. Good Life Goal 2 focuses on all people around the world having the right to food security - that is, the ability to get quality sources of food on a regular basis.
Poverty means lack of quality food sources and availability. This means that impoverished groups are most at risk of preventable illnesses, diseases or premature death. to situations like natural disasters, climate change and global pandemics.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
The mini targets that of goal #2 are:
1. Learn how we farm, fish and make our food
2. Enjoy more fruits and vegetables
3. Buy local, seasonal and fairly traded food
4. Help children, elderly people and pregnant women to eat well
5. Demand an end to global hunger
PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE
Food is not only important, but it's also political. Food production and distribution are intricately tied up in both causes of global poverty as well as climate change.
1. Learn about who makes your food, what's in it and where it comes from. Most meat you buy is factory farmed, brutalising the animals and often not paying the farmers an adequate enough wage (which then forces them to ramp up production).
When you understand the food production process, from farm to plate, you have a better appreciation for what you're putting in your mouth and who you're supporting at the end of the day.
2. We should all be eating a minimum of 5 vege, two fruit a day or so they say. But if you're not already, I challenge you to attempt a meat-free week and a meat-free month. Realistically, you can get all of your macronutrient, micronutrients and trace minerals from purely plant sources. Meat is completely optional.
3. Buy what's in season and help local farmers. What's in season will vary depending on where you live but a quick google search will show you exactly what you need. By eating in season and buying locally sourced produce, you are cutting the carbon emissions of transported and refrigerated food.
4. Pregnant women, children and the elderly are the most prone to food insecurity. Either through inability to purchase or inability to get to a supermarket / market / food store. Donate what you can for food banks. During the COVID-19 outbreak, there's been an increasing strain on food banks as more and more people find themselves out of work.
5. Global hunger - you're not going to solve it on your own. But small changes for you mean a big difference elsewhere. One of the single. biggest changes you can make is to help put an end to food wastage. The Felix Project states:
"Producing food requires significant natural resources including land, water and energy. On a global scale the food system generates between 25%-30% of total greenhouse gas emissions, and the agricultural supply chains uses 70% of global freshwater reserves."
It takes 10 calories of energy to produce 1 calorie of food. When you look at the fact that some countries are wasting 10 million tonnes of food a year, you start to realise how much energy went into wasted food, how much food that could have fed others and how much this needs to change.
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