Sustainability, Not Sustainable – Analogy to Thinking


A push for sustainability in all areas including food, nutrition, diet, agriculture has created some new technologies. Some are worth advancing, some not so much (my opinion). I just want you to take this post and use it to think ALL areas of your life choices. This important new lifestyle has brought about some good, some bad and some things that made you go hmmmm.

Sustainability is not sustainable in all ways that it is marketed. My goal here is simply to help you think before you ‘buy-in’ and I will use a simple example below to facilitate the process of critical thinking instead of living like a MOFO because of FOMO!

Tech-No Revolution and Our Evolution?

With the environmental impact that comes from the excessive production (IMHO because of overconsumption and/or waste) of animal meat, alternatives of all kinds are being made. Some of these go beyond just taking a plant-based approach. It means things like nutraceutical 3D printing to straight up manufacturing of foodstuffs in a lab from scratch, like digital genetic coding. It extends to more simpler-ish methods like what I will use below to help in my push project to get more people to think. It is actually pretty cool stuff although still really new to know.

At this point I perceive the above, and technologies like them as potential means for creating more personalised, tailored, functional nutrition aiding in sustainability goals. I would prefer to see many things in our society go back quite a bit to help potentially fix what may be humanity’s doing in a more grandiose way though. This means less production and consumption and more community planting, growing, hunting, fishing and sharing.

While that is nice and all, I am also a realist and appreciate that we live in the world that doesn’t push for health first, we have less than stellar soil, air etc. and having a bit of both world’s is far better than a living in a polarized world of our past CavePeople (that is totally the technical name for the species genus of course lol).

In either case, while as a whole in our society there is more accessibility to knowledge, no one can truly, and with all certainty, predict outcomes definitively. There are too many variables to address and question in the real world. We all do need to stay curious and keep testing for us now and for future generations which is why many of these experiments, technologies and products might actually need to exist. There are a myriad of ways to do this, think abstractly.

Fear Factor Gone Mainstream

Finally, I am getting around to the one particular avenue on the road of sustainability that can be taken analogously to saving you frustration and maybe a few wtf or ewww faces.

In case you don’t recall, there was a show called Fear Factor and it had you doing and eating some things you typically would not,or at least would not beyond the scope of the shows potential payout, do or consume.

Well, my friendsies that exact same thing is going down in the world of food. We know that eating a high protein diet, unless a clinical issue warrants otherwise, is kick ass! We know that decreasing over consumption and pollution to our home (planet!) rocks the Casbah too.

Do You Suffer From Stinky Thinky?

In an attempt at facilitating both of these needs, companies have decided to try the market with mealworm products and other insect nom nom nom. Hmmmmm, while I appreciate this particular go-at-it, is this actually sustainable?

  1. As a consumer, what is the likelihood that you would actually pay to eat the products?
  2. How MUCH of the product will you have to consume to get a sufficient amount of protein in your diet?
  3. How much money is that going to cost you?
  4. How much waste is going to be created by buying this grandiose amount of insect products i.e. the technologies involved, the packaging for each piece?
  5. Will there be downfalls to harvesting these insects outside of their natural environments?
  6. What is the actually processing costs and effects of creating these products?
  7. With transparency being vital to long term success, again, will consumers actually buy products made with these substitutes?
  8. If you are the consumer, can you actually see yourself spending your $ and eating this stuff over your lifespan?

I actually find this to be a neat idea, I just don’t see it as getting the buy-in needed or offering a way to reduce wastes of all kinds. Not a sustainable idea ;-).  Take these points and use them to help you think in all areas of life before going bananas .

Whatever you want to relate this to, think:

Can I maintain this long term?

Will it improve overall long term positive outcomes based on the goal(s) at hand?

Does it deplete or replenish in excess than can be managed?

This whole bug thing is just a disguise for whatever YOU need.

As with most aspects of nutrition, eating one way does not appear to create a favourable holistic health response. For this reason, the focus should really be towards diversifying your diet overall to help overproduction and overconsumption as an entirety. By doing this you can help the goals of sustainable living for all…maybe ;).

 

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