Thursday, April 14, 2011

Palm Oil, Water, and Food Certifications

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We have some office issues that prevent us from hosting the show today - apologies to all our listeners for this delay in bringing today's guest to you... we will reschedule with Karin, though :)

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-- Chatter --

You've heard us feature discussions on food production and water use quite a bit recently. This is because of many celebrations and awareness events that are happening this time of year across the globe - from World Water Day to Earth Month and many others. One of these conversations spoke of the importance of certifications and also the dangers of them... 

Just recently I learned of a certification for palm oil. The harvesting of palm oil has a huge impact on the health of tropical forests and, in particular, the destruction of primate habitat. This certification for palm oil is meant to reassure consumers that it is produced in accordance with specified methods of plantations certified under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO):
I also want to take the time to address a comment that one of our readers had about the comparison of water use in America to other regions on the planet. While here in Canada we have 25% of the world's fresh water, areas in the US are becoming more dependent on Canadians for their water supply. At the same time our own demand for the water is increasing, while nature's rain and snow fall becomes less frequent. North Americans are huge consumers of water, compared with other areas - and we can reduce this by a huge amount if we only become aware. Awareness too of what other countries are doing or experiencing is helpful. Knowing how food choices can affect water consumption... these are all different ways of getting people to understand and get on board with water consumption. 

It is important to note that just because we live by a lake doesn't mean our area won't have water restrictions in place... we are seeing water meters installed in lake country all the time. So our perceptions must change and we must become more proactive about things like this. Of course it doesn't mean drastic lifestyle changes either... one can find a balance that the individual is comfortable with. 

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1 comment:

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