FOODS THAT ARE BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND YOU HAD NO IDEA
When it comes to production, they don’t have that much environmental impact, but exporting them to other countries around the world is the problem. Bananas are one of the most consumed foods in the world. The average American eats about 100 bananas per year. Countries like Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, and the Philippines are the world’s leading countries for banana exports. These bananas travel huge distances, and that journey contributes to CO2 levels in the atmosphere.
More than half of the world’s population depend on rice as a food source. The production of it accounts for as much as a third of the planet’s annual freshwater. To produce one kilogram of rice it takes 2,497 liters of water.
Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, and many people can’t go through their day without coffee. Most of the environmental damage comes in finding space to grow beans. Farmers have cleared 2.5 million acres of forest in Central America to make way for production. A report shows that 37 of the worst 50 countries for deforestation rates are also coffee producers.
Avocado production damages the environment. The production and planting of avocado trees use twice as much water as a fairly dense forest. Between 2001 and 2010, avocado production tripled in Michoacán (a lot of production takes place here), which caused the loss of about 1,700 acres a year. Another problem when it comes to avocados is the use of chemicals and high volumes of wood to pack them and ship to other countries.
People love almond milk because it is healthier and for some even better tasting than regular milk, but its production has a huge environmental impact. More than 80% of the world’s almonds come from California, a region known for some of the worst droughts in US history. A single almond requires 1.1 gallons (5 liters) of water to grow.
The rising demand of soy beans is causing deforestation across Latin America. Almost 4 million hectares of forest land are destroyed every year.
Everyone knows that sugar is bad for our health, but not everyone knows that it is bad for our planet too. The production of sugar destroys natural habitats, requires intensive use of water and the use of damaging agro-chemicals, and causes air pollution.