Filed under: Energy + Climate, Food + Health | Tags: bananas, eat local, food
A new war front has been brewing at my house.
On one side: my environmentally-conscious sister. On the other: my hungry father. The battleground: bananas.
The livelihood of these yellow, potassium rich favorites of monkeys and fathers alike is currently under threat in the Chen household. Could we actually experience a banana prohibition?
My sister argues that bananas, with their international travel from Ecuadorian farms to Kansas tables, is a contributor of greenhouse gases. She actually wants to stop buying bananas. My father, on the other hand, fights back by pointing out that bananas are a good source of potassium and vitamins. He thinks she’s crazy. This food fight is one that many of us who care about the environment struggle with on a daily basis. How do we reconcile our dual desires to support sustainable agriculture and enjoy the diverse cornucopia of available foods? While we try to eat more locally, what do we do when something is simply locally unattainable?
It’s enough to drive one bananas.
While eating locally is a wonderful alternative to the food industry we currently have in place, the idea of eating only local is unfortunately only a Utopian dream for many of us. I admire those who can give up their bananas, and many times, that admiration is coupled with personal guilt. If I can’t only eat local, does that make me a food fraud? My answer is no and I find that outlook both defeating and unproductive.
Becoming a locavore just be a dream for now, but that shouldn’t stop you or I from doing what we can to promote sustainable food. Of the many needs we have as humans, food is one that we not only have to have, but want to have. It is where necessity and pleasure meet. We must find encouragement in that passion to adopt better eating habits, become more conscious consumers, and inspire others to do the same.
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