Chocolate, coffee, pepper and pineapples. Some of our favourite foods and staple sweet treats wouldn’t exist without rainforest.
October 16, 2020, is World Food Day. It’s a reminder of what we eat, where that comes from and the journey it has taken to get to us.
The Covid-19 global health crisis this year has made many of us appreciate the vast array of food options we have at any one time. But without rainforest, these would be threatened or nonexistent.
From bananas to vanilla, acai to sugar, many of the food we find in our cupboards originated from Earth’s rainforest. Whether the Amazon, Congo Basin or rainforests of Papua New Guinea, thousands of plants hide under the canopy and offer up a hugely diverse array of fruits and flavourings.
Even though these plants are now mass-produced elsewhere for our consumption, we still need rainforest for thousands of reasons. Pollination, water cycles, soil health and reducing extreme weather events, healthy rainforest is essential for our global health systems. We can’t ignore the damage that unsustainable food production is making. Cacao production is causing deforestation in West Africa1. Palm plantations increasingly threaten forest in Papua New Guinea2. Clearing forest for soya continues in the Amazon3.
It’s easy to see our food on the shelf without a second thought about its journey getting there. But by understanding where our food comes from originally, and the vital processes that go into its production, we can ensure we are taking steps to protect it.
Cool Earth works alongside rainforest communities to develop sustainable incomes that help people earn a living, access a varied diet and plan for the future.
By enabling local people to protect their forest and turn away loggers and oil palm plantations owners, your support is making a real difference in the fight against deforestation and climate change. Something to smile about as you reach for your morning rainforest coffee.