It’s becoming more widely accepted that the production of meat worldwide has a larger impact on the environment than using cars. Even in Britain, where vast tracts of rainforest are not being cut down, the methane emissions from cows, especially grain-fed ones, have a significant impact on the greenhouse effect.
While it’s easy to believe that we, as individuals, can do nothing to help the advancing climate problems, there are a couple of things we can do to help. Turning off unnecessary household appliances (rather than leaving them on stand-by) is one of those things. It not only reduces your carbon footprint, but reduces the risk of household fires. Another thing we can all do that won’t significantly impact on your lifestyle is to make one day a week meat free.
These days, the food you buy from supermarkets is mostly produced intensively with the use of chemicals and pesticides. This applies to meat as well as vegetables and fruit. This intensive farming not only introduces an imbalance of hormones and chemicals into our bodies, it is less nutritious. Add to that the massive carbon footprint produced by shipping food across the country and from abroad, then the burden on our planet, and our future, becomes immense.
Nature wants to provide us with everything we need. Evolution has made that happen. Yet this practice of forcing our food to throw up as much produce in as short a time as possible ignores the abundance growing, literally, under our feet. And we encourage it by buying it.
Take a walk by the river, or through a woodland, and you will find food as delicious as any you would find in a supermarket. Plus, it’s free. Double plus, it grows where it’s meant to grow – in a place where its ambient nutrients are readily available without it having to seek them. So, not only free and delicious, but more nutritious, too.
Our present mind-set puts inhibitions in the way of eating, say, dandelion or nettle. This may be due to not knowing what they taste like, or because it seems unlikely that common weeds have any value. They’re a pest, aren’t they?
From Nature wants to help change that mind-set. By producing food and teas ‘from nature’, we’re giving people the opportunity to taste wild foods, and see their potential.
In addition, to encourage a ‘sustainable’ diet (animal husbandry being a highly inefficient use of land), we hope to show that vegan food isn’t ‘weird’. Breaking down the mental barriers many people have towards animal free food opens up a whole new culinary area for them to explore. We’re not trying to turn the world vegan, just hoping that, in finding something recognisable and palatable, despite it having no animal products, people will be encouraged to eat more planet-friendly food.
We like this planet. It’s a cool, wonderful, beautiful place. Living closer to it can be enormously rewarding and beneficial to both us, and the Earth.