Food labels are one of many things vying for your attention. Here's why reading them could improve your health and the health of the environment.

The food we buy at the grocery store is part of a complex worldwide food system responsible for our health and the environment's health. Many products come with labels that give the reader a tremendous amount of information. Unfortunately, people often ignore most or all of them. Instead, they buy out of habit or based on a marketing campaign. However, these labels are important and can help you make decisions that affect more than just the taste and enjoyment of your next meal.