Save Our Future and Our Planet 5

Every time we travel, we can be ambassadors. Definite good can come from sharing information, and in this series, I hope I have shown you how you can help people overseas who are struggling with the problems that modern industrial countries have thrust upon them. And, when you travel, we do so to see this beautiful world, I hope that it encourages you to protect it, everywhere, for generations to come. Each of us has to do our share.

Surprisingly, one action is to eat in a responsible way! What do I mean by that? Well, catch-up on the first 3 parts and then continue reading below!

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Poor U.S. policy resulting in subsidies of the ethanol industry have driven corn production through the roof, both in the U.S. and in the Amazon. Nowhere should a food crop be turned into biofuel. That should be made only from plant waste! While that sparked discussions in the U.S. about prices of corn and the ethics of growing food for fuel rather than — well, food, it’s also driving deforestation that counteracts any environmental benefits that result from using biofuels instead of fossil fuels, in the first place! Stop the whole concept in its tracks. Write legislators and don’t support biofuel until its only made from plant waste from farming, not land clearing, either. And, then corn is another genetically-modified crop which we are sending overseas. If you won’t eat it at home, likely it’s on your plate outside of Europe (where they will not allow American Frankenfood).

Sugar is bad for us, and it’s a cheap ingredient so food manufacturers put it in everything to bulk it up and get people “hooked”. It’s the underlying cause for a massive expansion of diabetes and diabetic amputation all over the world. India has a huge diabetic problem which is about to explode on the scene and China will not be far behind.

Like corn, sugarcane has expanded rapidly in the last few years for its use in ethanol production. Seen as a more efficient source of biofuel than corn, sugarcane has been pushed hard in Brazil, which has gained a reputation as the first sustainable biofuels economy. How sustainable is it, though, if the world’s largest rainforest is destroyed in the process? Brazil, especially, knows better and should be chastised severely, as all of us depend on what is a global necessity, which they treat as a natural resource (the Amazon rainforest). Frankly, I think the area should be internationalized as they’ve shown such poor management of a global treasure.

Sugarcane has also been dowsed in pestides etc, and the usual burning of the fields shortens the lives of everyone who breathes the smoke. Just don’t support the sugar business, and spread the word about its risks if you are traveling there, as many will be soon for the 2016 Olympic Games!

What you eat, breathe, drink as you travel is all effected by the policies of the countries you visit, or their lack of policy or oversight. Recently, I saw how well Peru is managing its Amazon resources for the benefit of all of us, including its indigenous peoples, so support Peru with your travel dollars and spurn Brazil. Write to each of their embassy and let them know your position. In the end, if more tourists became real eco-tourists, voting with their dollars, maybe more countries would do the right thing.

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