There is much truth in the saying, "you are what you eat"... our food affects our health.
Grow your own veggies: Your own 'kitchen garden' could be a small field or a cosy window-box. More and more people prefer organic methods - such as Permaculture - avoiding harmful chemicals and improving the condition of the soil.
Worm farm: keep your own 'worm farm' to recycle kitchen scraps and other organic waste, then use the liquid vermitea to fertilise your plants. Other options include composting or Bokashi system - see Organic and Worm farming.
10 easy actions: Food Inc 10 Actions
Eat less meat: reduce your carbon footprint - see An Inconvenient Lunch
Choose your fish with care: overfishing has depleted our oceans and endangered some fish species. To help you make sustainable choices, check out the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI).
Support community gardening initiatives: You may choose to support a local food growing project such as the Umthathi Project in Grahamstown, or start a community garden in your neighbourhood. Other South African initiatives include the Green Club projects run by Eco-Access, and Food and Trees for Africa.
Plant biodiversity info
Animal biodiversity info
Isn’t man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife by the millions in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billions (9 billion in the US alone in 1996), and eats them. This in turn kills man by the millions, because eating all these animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people and dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year sends out cards praying for “Peace on Earth” – C. David Coats.
Veganism and Health essay (by RU student)
Ethical livestock farming (by George Monbiot)
Cowspiracy - the sustainability secret - the links between animal agriculture and deforestation, water consumption and pollution
Five Reasons why Urban Farming is Important (by Rohit Kumar)
Food pyramid: consider how much energy is lost between each level:
Go to the Rhodes University ENVIRONMENT front page. Suggestions/Questions? Contact environment(at)ru.ac.za
Last Modified: Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:13:23 SAST