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5 Foods Killing the Planet – Back in the January issue of Sierra Magazine, yours truly was quoted in an article about the top 5 food wreaking havoc upon the planet. It’s worth repeating 6 months later as a reminder that we make an impact by what we choose to eat. First up: Bluefin tuna. They’re going extinct rapidly (over 98% reduction from unfished levels), so we need to stop eating them entirely to let populations replenish. And they’re high in mercury. Next: conventional coffee. Forests are cleared to plant coffee, devastating habitats and increasing the use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Buy organic, shade grown, fair trade instead. Third: factory-farmed beef. It’s now well-known that concentrated feedlots generate high levels of pollution, use 10-14 pounds of GMO grains and nearly 1400 gallons of water for each pound of beef consumed. Waterways are also contaminated with untold amounts of waste and the energy it takes to transport and keep meat fresh is astronomical. Forth: GMO corn. Corn is grown in huge swaths across the country, breeds its own pesticide, and tolerates heavy doses of herbicides that have been shown to cause a slew of health issues. Monarch butterfly habitats are destroyed when crops are sprays with weed killers, and biodiversity is lost as cross-contamination from GMO pollen makes pure seed unsellable. Last, but not least, palm oil. One of the largest causes of rainforest destruction, the demand for palm oil increases carbon emissions and the near-extinction of native animals living in the forests. Palm oil shows up in nearly all packaged food products, so buy whole foods instead and read labels. Read the whole article here.