The benefits of sustainable food choices for college students

by Nancy Bajwa
Nancy is a Research Analyst student at the Lakeshore Campus and volunteers as a Sustainability Ambassador. Through her research and personal experiences, she shares valuable insights on how college students can make more environmentally-friendly and health-conscious food choices. Keep reading to learn more!

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“Did you realize that as a college student, the food decisions you make may significantly influence the environment and your health? The practices and goods that prioritize environmental, social, and economic sustainability in food production, distribution, and consumption are referred to as sustainable food choices. To be sure that the goods and businesses you support are actually sustainable, it is crucial to be aware of greenwashing and conduct research. For that, look for certifications from respected organizations like Fair Trade USA, USDA Organic, and Rainforest Alliance. Let’s examine the various advantages of sustainable food choices and how they may help the environment and you.”                                                                                                       

As a college student, you’re probably balancing a number of commitments, such as studying, socializing, and keeping up a healthy lifestyle. Your nutrition is among the most crucial components of a healthy way of living. Making sustainable food choices can have a number of advantages for your health and the environment, despite the temptation to grab for cheap, quick junk food. This blog article will go over some of the major advantages of sustainable eating choices for college students.

  • Improved health

Making sustainable dietary choices can benefit your health. Fresher, more nutrient-dense, and devoid of hazardous chemicals and pesticides are common characteristics of foods farmed sustainably. Less pollutants and more vitamins and minerals will be consumed as a result, helping to strengthen your immune system, increase mental clarity, and improve your general physical health.

  • Reduced environmental impact

A significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and water pollution comes from the food sector. You may lessen your carbon footprint and encourage ecologically friendly agriculture practices by choosing sustainable foods. Foods that are produced sustainably often use techniques that minimize waste, promote soil health, and conserve energy and water. This means that in addition to assisting in the fight against climate change, you are also helping farmers and other producers who place a priority on sustainable agriculture.

  • Cost savings

Contrary to popular belief, sustainable foods don’t have to be expensive. In fact, by making smart choices and shopping for in-season produce, you can save money on your grocery bills. Additionally, IGNITE Soupbar at Humber College offers a variety of delicious soups for students free of cost. Under the direction of skilled chefs, students in the practical classes of the baking and pastry arts and culinary programs create Gourmet Express items in Humber Kitchen. At Humber’s Gourmet Express, you may get soups/stews and beverages including coffee, tea, and a range of juices. By taking advantage of these programs, you can support sustainable agriculture while also saving money.

  • Increased social responsibility with fair trade products at campus.

As a college student, you’re part of a generation that’s increasingly aware of social and environmental issues. By making sustainable food choices, you’re showing your commitment to social responsibility and leading by example. You’re also supporting ethical food practices that prioritize the health and well-being of animals, workers, and the environment. The North and Lakeshore campuses are recognized as Fairtrade Campuses and provide Fairtrade coffee, tea, and chocolates. When you purchase fairtrade goods, you can do it with assurance, knowing that you’re helping to improve the world and assisting farmers and employees at Humber who deserve to live sustainably.

  • Improved community health

Sustainable agriculture is often closely tied to local food systems, which can improve community health outcomes. By supporting local farmers and producers, you’re helping to strengthen the local economy and promoting food security. Additionally, by consuming locally grown foods, you’re reducing the environmental impact of transportation and supporting regional biodiversity.

In conclusion, selecting sustainable foods can provide college students a number of advantages. In addition to promoting your personal health and wellbeing, choosing foods that are produced sustainably has a good effect on the environment, the economy, and the community. Therefore, the next time you go grocery shopping, stop to think about how your food choices may affect the environment and choose sustainable solutions wherever feasible.

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