How the current food system can impact our health and that of the planet
The good news is that the future of the food system may be different. Growing and eating fruits and vegetables more responsibly is a good first step, but I know it’s not always easy. Big changes affect us all: consumers, businesses, government agencies and elected officials.
My company, Daily Harvest, strives to be an industry leader and make it easy to eat organic fruits and vegetables, but frankly, we’re just a model, and we need an entire ecosystem. companies and government programs to make a wide range of regeneratively grown organic fruits and vegetables accessible to consumers and sustainable for farmers.
Fortunately, some major food companies have recently pledged to do more for the health of our planet, including reducing emissions and adopting more regenerative farming practices, but these are small steps spaced out over decades. In the meantime, we need companies to quickly and dramatically expand their commitments to grow and source a wide variety of organically and sustainably grown ingredients. We also need elected officials to do more to support farmers in the transition to organic, regenerative and sustainable practices so that fresh produce is more accessible to all.
And our job as individual consumers, in addition to eating more fruits and vegetables, is to demand transparency about companies’ marketing practices. We can pressure our elected officials to enact laws and policies that will make it easier for all of us to access truly nutritious options, and we can demand that these options be grown, purchased, and manufactured responsibly.