Nutritionally Good or Sustainably Good?
We’re all about ‘feel good’ food, as you might have noticed if you’ve visited us before. Feel good food is food that makes us feel good as we eat it, and feel good about eating it. For it to do that, to bestow that beneficial feeling on us, it has to be good in itself. In other words, it has to be functional food, food that confers upon us something more than simply fuel. It has to be healthy.
Food can be thought of as good in two, quite different ways, certainly in terms of the beneficiary. It can be nutritionally good, in which case it benefits us, the consumers of it. It can also be sustainably good, in which case it respects and benefits the environment, the planet and future generations.
Take the much celebrated avocado for instance. The vegan food of the moment, darling of the media and acknowledged superfood, it ticks all the nutritionally good boxes. But is it sustainably good? No, far from it in fact. It’s horrendously bad from a sustainability point of view, and is rapidly going the way of palm oil. If you don’t believe us and you’ve 12-and-a-half minutes to spare, you could do a lot worse than watch this video, which makes for very depressing viewing.
If you want sustainably good superfoods, look no further than the humble seaweed. After all, anything that has ‘‘weed’ in its name has to be humble. Seaweed has enviable sustainability bragging rights. Fiona Dawson of The Futures Centre lists 6 main sustainability benefits in this article, which are:
It has good nutrition for very little resource
It absorbs bad stuff and reduces emissions
It cleans up our oceans
It’s a good aquacultural source of protein
It helps the seabed
It’s an alternative source of livelihood for the oversupplied fishing industry
Our seaweed is organic, sustainably sourced Irish seaweed. We harvest the seaweed in a controlled sustainable way. We’re not a farm. We cut the seaweed right, so that it grows back; we don’t over-cut it. We also choose the more plentiful varieties of seaweed, and those varieties not being used commercially for things like animal feed.
Seaweed is nutritionally good for us, has proven health benefits, and when collected in the right way is sustainably good too.