What would you do if you were slowly destroying the environment with the food you eat? Believe it or not, some everyday foods are actually environmentally destructive. When eating, the last thing on your mind might be how the food affects the environment. But after reading this, every time you eat you may have in the back of your mind, “Is this environmentally friendly or destructive?” The destructiveness foods have on the environment won’t necessarily happen instantly. It may take years to notice the effects, but that doesn’t make it any less important. If individuals don’t become more aware of the environment around them, it stands no chance of thriving long-term.
If you look on the back of nearly any food, you will see one of the ingredients is sugar. Many don’t give it a second thought, but in actuality within 121 countries per year, 145 million tons of sugars are produced. Not only does this production take a toll on the soil and air, but also the water. This is especially true in the threatened tropical ecosystems closer towards the equator. In a 2004 report, it showed a major effect in the environment, such as the discharged polluted wastewater from the use of agricultural chemicals. A perfect example of the destructiveness is the lifeless marshland that used to be the Everglades, but after years of irrigation drainage and fertilizer runoff, Florida’s Everglades is quickly diminishing.
Continue reading to learn about the impact of chocolate.