"A recent survey of commercial beekeepers showed that 50 billion bees – more than seven times the world’s human population – were wiped out in a few months during winter 2018-19. This is more than one-third of commercial US bee colonies, the highest number since the annual survey started in the mid-2000s.
“Beekeepers attributed the high mortality rate to pesticide exposure, diseases from parasites and habitat loss. However, environmentalists and organic beekeepers maintain that the real culprit is something more systemic: America’s reliance on industrial agriculture methods, especially those used by the almond industry, which demands a large-scale mechanization of one of nature’s most delicate natural processes.”
Damn it! Not my almond milk! I finally found a couple of brands in the store that are pure, sprouted, almond milk, no gums & fake vitamins. Now I have to feel conflicted over my granola. But we must save the bees. They die, we die.
@ElsieDee, I like VP Tofu in Monterey Park. Cash-only though. @Chowseeker1999 has a thread about it but that is mostly about their tofu desserts. It is a tiny spot and looks very much hole-in-the-wall, but the employees there speak enough English that it’s never been a problem for my non-Asian husband whenever he’s been there. They have sweetened and unsweetened soy milk, in a variety of flavors: plain, pandan and black sesame. They also have them in different sizes too- 16 oz, half gallon, gallon. So you don’t have to commit to a huge size if you don’t like it Since it doesn’t have preservatives it’s only fresh for a few days but I’ve kept it in my fridge for up to a week with no problem. Recommend going early especially on weekends because they do sell out.
That’s absurdly misleading. The global average amount of water that’s used tells you nothing about the sustainability of a particular farm’s products.
They say figs require 401 gallons of water per pound, but the ones in my yard are dry-farmed. The only water they take is what we wash them with. Lots of small organic farms and ranches are totally sustainable.
But access to the foods produced by sustainable practices is a privilege not everyone has.
Financial constraints, proximity to venues where these foodstuffs are sold, accessible transportation, available time - and a myriad of other challenges have to be overcome by large segements of the population if they want to consume sustainably produced foods.
In the long run, the alternative to sustainable food is starvation.
The problem is industrial agriculture that’s dependent on fossil fuels, mining groundwater, and other dead-end, unsustainable practices. Switching from almonds to oat milk won’t do anything about that.
Also agree with the reality of industrial agricultural practices.
On an individual level, I agree. But collectively, if we all make changes to what we consume, we can effect some change.
Whether or not that’s enough to make a long-term difference, I don’t know. I think there needs to be a systemic change and don’t foresee that happening without a cataclysmic event (or series of them) - and even then, it will require a transformation throughout the food production process.