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Updated by monica-quinn-ny on Nov 15, 2019
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6 Products That Harm the Environment

In August, the UN released a report on the link between food production and global warming. An amazing list of popular foods clearly shows how excessive consumption can harm the environment and also threaten food supplies in the future. The organization emphasizes that certain methods of farming should be changed immediately.




The report also recommends the population switch to a plant-based diet, which has less impact on the environment. Today we will tell you more about how the products that you regularly consume can harm the environmental situation in the world:



According to researchers specializing in environmental issues, avocados have a significant impact on the environment for two reasons. The first is the fact that avocados are an annual crop that is re-cultivated on the same land. Such intensive use of the soil depletes nutrients in the soil and also makes the plant more susceptible to disease. So the farmers use pesticides and fertilizers that leave a negative print on the environment.

Avocados need a lot of water to grow to the required size. According to some reports, at least 2000 liters of water are required to produce a kilogram of avocado.



The problem with water is also relevant for nuts, especially for almonds. According to the New York Times, most of the world's almonds are grown in California, a state that has suffered from drought since 2011. According to the University of California, about 60 liters of water are needed to produce just 16 nuts. Keep this fact in mind whenever you are adding almonds to your breakfast.



Raising livestock for consumption is considered a serious negative factor for the environment. Due to the production of beef, pork, and chicken, more greenhouse gases are released than from all the cars and factories together. According to the NASA Observatory, it is the greenhouse gases that contribute most to global warming.

Floods, droughts, and hurricanes are the result of too many meat products being produced in the world. Cutting meat consumption will reduce your own environmental footprint and help in weight loss as an additional benefit.



Just like meat, dairy products contribute to the emergence of greenhouse gases. An NRDC study found that different types of cheeses were three times more on the list of products that contribute to excessive gas emissions. The strength of the impact varies depending on which animal’s milk is produced and on which technology is used but in general it is almost impossible to reduce the damage to zero.



Soybean is gaining popularity and is increasingly used in lean recipes. But the World Wildlife Fund claims that commercial soybean production contributes to deforestation. Fewer forests mean fewer animals and plants, as well as more greenhouse gases. The purification of natural vegetation affects the ability of the soil to absorb gases from the atmosphere.



The fish industry is among the most dangerous food industries out there. Imagine how much fuel ships spend to catch fish. The most “non-ecological” types of seafood are shrimp, lobster, and other delicacies since ships spend much more time and fuel on them than for simple fishing. The most "environmentally friendly" seafoods are sardines and sprats, as well as oysters.