When discussing climate change and the fate of our environment it feels as if there’s rarely any good news. As our world continues to see rising temperatures, the increasing presence of natural disasters, rising sea levels and many more consequences of our ever-growing carbon footprint, I can’t help but feel powerless.
However, there are many simple changes you can make to your daily habits that do make a huge difference. In fact, many of the solutions to climate change are related to our everyday purchases— particularly our groceries and the food we eat.
Behind every large corporation and small brand that we buy our food from are real people. Thankfully, some of them are actively trying to protect the Earth by shrinking their company’s carbon footprint and funding and establishing programs that focus on undoing environmental damage and encourage sustainability.
As consumers who possess buying power, it’s our social responsibility to support brands that practice sustainability to maintain the health of our damaged planet.
Eating isn’t too hard, but finding the right places to support can be difficult. Consider looking into these sustainable brand options if you want to make a difference and don’t know where to start. To help you get this process started, The Fit Magazine has gathered a list of five companies who are transforming the way food is grown, produced, and served for a better future.
What really attracts me to Ben & Jerry’s is how issues they care about are translated into how their ice cream is made. On top of LGBTQ+ equality, racial justice, fairtrade and many other areas of concern, the renowned ice cream company greatly focuses on climate justice and how they can better the planet through their practices. Ben and Jerry’s works hard to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions at all levels of their supply chain and by developing technology for climate-friendly freezer cases. Their job is not done, however, as they continue to do their part to reduce the warming of our planet.
Tony’s Chocolonely is almost as fun to eat as it is to say. This Dutch-based candy company produces various flavors of chocolate bars while strictly following fair trade practices in order to one day fully eradicate slavery and child labour from the cocoa industry. On top of that, Tony’s Chocolonely products are wrapped in uncoated, recycled FSC-certified paper, developed from sustainably managed forests. To make things even better, the candy company actively works to both lower its carbon dioxide emissions and implement environmentally friendly farming practices through the use of proper training programs and the minimization of damaging pesticides and fertilizers in its cocoa bean harvests.
Nature’s Path is a family-owned business that is passionately working to protect our planet. Vowing to always produce organic products, Nature’s Path offers a variety of breakfast foods— including cereal, waffles, oatmeal and granola— in which GMOs and toxic synthetic chemicals are completely prohibited. Plus, all of their production facilities are zero waste and they’re even working towards being 100% carbon neutral (achieving net zero carbon dioxide emissions) by the end of this year— something promising to make up for the rest of 2020.
Barnana is by far one of my favorite sustainable food brands to buy from. Their banana-based products are created with the purpose of eliminating food waste on organic banana farms in Latin America. Barnana takes bananas that have been deemed imperfect by organic farmers and upcycles them to create products, such as their banana bites and banana brittle. These bananas would have otherwise been a waste of food and the energy required to transport food from farms, production plants, and the wild to our plates. Barnana has upcycled more than 100 million bananas!
After 30 years in business, Organic Valley continues to produce high quality organic dairy, vegetables, soy and eggs. Rather than use GMOs, synthetic hormones, antibiotics or toxic pesticides, Organic Valley relies solely on the sun, grass, soil and rain to make food that’s good for both us and the planet. In doing so, these organic farming practices encourage both regenerative agriculture techniques and diverse ecosystems— resulting in no toxic chemicals on their farms or in their animals’ feed.
Just as businesses have the responsibility to produce for the environment, we have the responsibility to eat for the environment. We all occupy this planet and call it our home, so let’s start matching our words with real life actions and nourishing both our bodies and planet.