This post was originally published on April 15, 2017 and updated on April 22, 2020.
Earth Day is April 22. This year’s campaign is focused on climate action. Most of us have mastered the three R’s of recycle, reuse and reduce. And we’re aware of the importance of reducing our carbon footprint. But you can also honor Mother Earth in the kitchen. One of the best ways to do this is by choosing eco-smart ingredients, such as Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil.
Take this Earth Day True/False quiz to check your sustainable foods IQ.
- Sustainable agriculture addresses the ecological, economic and social aspects of agriculture.
- Having enough safe, nutritious food for each person – food security – is an increasing concern in our world.
- Products containing Malaysian palm oil belong in your eco-friendly shopping cart.
- Animal-based foods are an insignificant driver of deforestation.
- True. Sustainable agriculture involves much more than just caring for the land. Sustainable agriculture also considers the food producer’s quality of life and the economic viability of farm operations.
- True. During the 20th century, the world’s population ballooned from 1.6 billion to more than six billion. Today, it’s topped seven billion. Consuming efficiently produced food helps meet our growing demand for food without putting unneeded stress on our planet.
- True. Malaysian palm oil is sustainably produced plus it’s incredibly land efficient. In fact, it produces significantly more oil than other edible oil crops, such as corn, soybean and canola. A single acre of oil palm produces 11 times more oil than soybeans, and 10 times more than sunflower. In other words, it takes more than ten times more land to produce the same amount of soybean oil as palm oil.
- False. Livestock is the largest driver of deforestation in the world. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) have even made beef cattle the emphasis of its deforestation campaign. Livestock accounts for 71 percent of agricultural land, or 30 percent of land surface on the planet, according to a FAO report. While less significant, soybeans, pigs and poultry, and corn are causes of deforestation according to a Climate Focus report.
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