Given that food is such a crucial part of life, it’s strange that so many people are unaware of the origins of the things they eat. Whenever you sit down for a meal, you could be eating food from across the world, even if it something which can be found at home. To give you a better idea of where the stuff on your plate came from, this post will be exploring the most common starting points for various types of food, giving you an idea of what to expect if you ever decide to read the packets on the items you buy.


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Meat is one of the most diverse sides of this, with almost every country around the world farming some sort of land-based livestock. India is the biggest exporter of beef in the world, while Brazil exports more chickens than anyone else, showing just how many countries have their fingers in this pie. The best way to buy meat is from a local source, as this will lower the emissions which come from it, while also helping to support a local farmer who would otherwise struggle to make a living. You can find products like this on markets and in some large stores.


Fish isn’t as easy as meat to farm, as you can’t really put fences in the Ocean, and creating a fake one isn’t a viable option, either. This results in a lot of fish being caught in the wild by large boats dragging nets behind them. Destroying coral, killing other wildlife, and polluting the seas, this is never a good route to go down. Organisations like the Global Salmon Initiative are trying to combat this with special pods which can act as Ocean-based farms. While this idea is quite new, it is already starting to have an impact on the way that fish are produced. Of course, though, it takes a long time for everyone to catch up.


When it comes to plants, every country has its own common exports, and this is biggest area in the food market. Unlike in the past, though, market share in this area isn’t dictated by natural climate, anymore. Instead, places with the best environment management technology are able to grow more food than anyone else, with countries like China taking advantage of bio tunnels and greenhouses to grow their fruit and vegetables. This sort of produce is very important, feeding billions of people around the world, while also providing countries which can’t grow very easily themselves with enough to keep their populations healthy.

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While everyone needs food to live, some people have much easier access to it than others. This isn’t exactly fair, though, especially when you consider that those growing crops and raising livestock often struggle to feed their families. To overcome this sort of issue, it is always worth looking for the ethical and environmental options when you’re buying your meals. When you have the choice between something grown at home or overseas, it always makes sense to choose the former.