22 August 2018

Nutrition: Where have your foods come from?

Awareness of food production practices is your responsibility. Be aware choose your food sources wisely.

hi guys so in this video I want to

briefly discuss something I always mention and that is the importance of the source of your nutrition the relationship between nutrition and your physique is well established now your health is very important please do not take it for granted if you do not have any medical conditions and can function without the need of any medicines you are very very lucky I want to discuss the importance of your nutrition the logistics and supply chains of how food arrived to you and the associated risks of each step the first point is about risk management and assessment you probably don't notice but every time you put food into your mouth there is a risk that you're going to die now you might be thinking this is just crazy but let me explain with some examples the 28th of April 2018 US health officials investigate a major eco light outbreak involved in involving lettuce ten people have kidney failure and 46 people are in hospital in 2008 China was hit with a baby milk scandal where contaminated milk powder was sold to mothers thousands of babies had health implications and many babies died in May 1995 a 19 year old male from the UK dies

from quits fold Jakob disease otherwise known as a CJD from eating meat linked with a disease acronyms BSE so I hope the examples demonstrates that there are risks from purchasing out sourced foods this isn't about how to achieve zero risk this is about how to reduce risk this is about a way and questions you should ask yourself when you are purchasing foods you so the question is how can you reduce risk it is not always possible and not always practical but if you can and if your family can grow any crops organically and absolutely do it even if it's something simple like planting an apple tree or growing some Tomatoes do it if it is easily done by doing this you are actively taking steps to manage risk the second risk mitigation point is to stay up-to-date on global news we know about globalization and that foods come from different parts of the world it is your body and your responsibility to check for news updates about any health warnings announced in the news about foods sourced locally or globally ultimately this comes down to research if you hear about any food scandals you

know that the risk of eating those foods is higher my example of the baby milk scandal would of course result in the cessation of purchasing any baby milk powder made in China so using risk management techniques is a good method to try and protect your health is if possible it is not always 100% effective and I know you cannot avoid everything but as a minimum I am aware about poor practices that exist in the food sector and I try to manage that process some people are just completely unaware of where their foods are sourced from and the levels of regulation at the point of source and if you cannot avoid these high risk areas just try to reduce the levels of consumption from that area you you can always follow your own risk management techniques such as washing meats thoroughly before cooking and washing your hands and things like that preventing contamination so this is all about awareness and risk reduction and prevention I fully understand you cannot have zero risk when all your food production is out sourced but US consumer have the power of selection the second point is about the relationship

of logistics and food quality as mentioned globalisation means that foods now travel thousands of miles from other countries by huge and complicated supply chains before they reach your mouth the longer the supply chain the greater the risk to you because the product needs to be processed by more people increases the travel time from products sauce to product destination you should consider these things when foods are in transit that is the oxidation of foods bacterial growth on foods poor general hygiene practices the long supply chains means longer transit times therefore you at higher risk of eating lower quality foods that can impact your health you again the solution of growing your own foods is not always possible but it is something for you to consider when you are eating foods or purchasing foods at the supermarket do ask the questions where was the product or the source of the product how might this implicate the supply chain and the quality of the food is then alternative option is there the same product but produced from a local farm again I understand that there is not always a 100% risk avoidance

strategy but I am just hoping to provoke some critical thought about food purchases and asking questions and not just accepting what is in front of you you as a consumer that cares about your health have the power of choice you the third and final point is company health and safety record and auditing again this is about you taking responsibility for what foods you put in your mouth learning about the company or country that is producing your foods there are certain high-risk countries that are very poorly regulated when it comes to food and hygiene standards poor regulation means that food quality and hygiene can be compromised and result in high risk associated with that country of origin you if you have time do some research browse your news articles about those companies that you buy food from regularly check do they have good health and safety records have they ever had any food product recalls who are their suppliers are there any public audits available I want to reiterate you have the duty of care to ensure that you do everything

you can to look after yourself the government and the industry regulators of course should be ensuring high standards and procedures are maintained but ultimately you put the food in your mouth and if you eat something without any minimal duty of care then you will suffer the consequences a company might get fined but it is you who might get ill and have to deal with long-term health issues you you should have a minimum threshold of risk management in place as a minimum I've read news articles daily and I check where the foods are produced before I buy them in news articles you can begin to draw links to the impacts of your food an example would be the Japanese nuclear disaster in Fukushima high levels of radioactivity in the area what health risks do you assign to eating produce exported from Japan do you reduce risk by not eating any food from Japan do you just eat less produce exported from Japan or do you eat all foods exported from Japan those are the kinds of decisions you have to make and hopefully you do some research before you make those decisions

so to summarize your role in optimal nutrition intake is huge you have the role of risk manager supplier auditor quality control researcher prevention and control logistics and resource you probably did not know how many tasks you have to undertake to ensure the food you eat helped contribute to your physique and development you anyway I hope you enjoyed this video and I hope it helped to provoke some thought in where and how you sauce your foods and the various stages behind the actual store presentation see you again soon bye you