9 common foods that you should stop consuming to save the planet

World Environment Day

The best way to save the planet ‘Earth’ is to stop mistreating it the way we have been doing for ages. From carpooling to afforestation people are doing their bit to save it, but the scope for change is wider. Today, on this World Environment Day, we are going to tell you, how your daily diet is affecting the planet in the worst way. This list contains all the food items that are actually putting a serious constraint on the planet. Have a look.

Banana

Banana
Banana is grown in the tropical environment, and the best way to do so is to clear rainforest. When rainforests are cleared, they result in spreading of carbon dioxide in the environment that further affects the wildlife habitat, ground cover, and natural cooling effect of the ecosyetem. In simple words, destruction of the rainforest to create banana plantations is actually destroying some of the natural processes on earth that help us survive.

Soybean

Soybean
This might sound unbelievable, but the spike in production of soybean has resulted in the deforestation of rainforests and savannahs. According to wildlife experts, the act has placed species like jaguar and giant anteater in endangered category.

Salmon

Salmon
The sudden rise in demand for sushi has added to the harm we are making to nature. To procure more and more salmons, the farms use net-cages placed in the ocean, where farm waste and parasites are released, harming the entire marine life.

 Rice

Rice
We agree that rice is an Indian staple, but we also need to agree that rice accounts for one-third of the planet’s annual freshwater use. Look at those who suffer from drought every year and it might push you to look for an alternative, such as quinoa.

Palm Oil

Palm Oil
You might find it surprising, but many of the packaged foods use palm oil and thus this act calls for more production of palm oil. With time, now palm oil has become one of the world’s leading causes of rainforest destruction. We guess it’s time to look for an alternative.

 Coffee

Coffee
Traditionally, production of coffee was one the most eco-friendly methods as it used to prevent topsoil erosion with no additional chemical fertilizers. With the change in time and increased demand, now your favourite requires chemical fertilizers and abundant deforestation causing landslide and soil erosion.

Avocado

Avocado
All thanks to healthy eating practices, this Mexican fruit is now a part of our lifestyle too. Its production requires about 74 gallons of water per pound and that is too much for sure.

 Almond

Almond
Almond is a rich source of fibre, protein and vitamin E, but it is also misbalances the ecosystem. Wondering why? It takes 1.1 gallons of water to produce a single almond. We guess you don’t need any calculation to understand the loss it is making to nature.

 Sugar

Sugar
According to the World Wildlife Fund, the waste produced by sugar mills is negatively impacting the earth. The waste products are directed into the water bodies, where the waste absorbs all the available oxygen, resulting in marine life fatalities.
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