Rosemary Stanton

by HealthyBeings on April 8, 2010

Listening to Rosemary Stanton

I was fortunate enough to listen to Rosemary Stanton speak at a conference last week and was highly impressed with her simple views on nutrition and where as a society we are going wrong.

Rosemary spoke largely about food sustainability and the nutrition challenges we face in the 21st century. Her key points were:

We ‘waste’ and we ‘waist’

Meaning we have plentiful supplies of food and we waste an incredible amount. Not only do we waste food when we throw it in the bin but we contribute an incredible amount to landfill every year. For example in Australia we throw out billions of water bottles every year, when we have perfectly safe water supply. We also use huge amounts of unnecessary packaging for food including rhe trays and plastic bags used for fruit and vegetables, the packaging that is used for processed foods like packets of chips and chocolates, bottles for sauces and containers for ready-made meals which all contribute to an enormous amount of land fill each year.

We waste food when we throw large quantities of it in to the bin at every meal time and we eat far more than we need to inevitably increasing our waist lines while others in the world continue to starve.

There are things we can do

  • We need to reduce the amount of waste we produce and prevent causing further harm to our environment.
  • Re-use and recycle. Get used to bringing bags with you to the shops.
  • Don’t buy bottled water when the water from the tap is perfectly safe to drink.
  • Start a compost bin at home so that nutrients from fresh waste can be returned to the soil.
  • Don’t buy things in packaging if you can avoid it.

Overall try to eat more fresh foods which are not covered in packaging and are not highly processed and you will be helping to reduce both waste and waist.

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