Sustainable Food

Sustainable Food -Food sustainability, Organic food and Healthy eating.








Sustainable Food

Food Sustainability is knowing how to make organic food choices will contribute to healthy eating habits and a safe diet. We offer suggestions and tips on eating eco friendly.

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I'm often asked about making sustainable food choices. In all honesty, it can be confusing - even for those who had a great understanding of "living green."

Chances are you've heard about organic food; you've probably even seen the organic section in your local grocery store. But there are many other things to consider when making organic food choices.

Choose Eco-Friendly Food

Choose Eco-Friendly Food

Ideas For Choosing Eco-Friendly Food:

Start Growing Food at Home: Start a vegetable garden and start growing your own herbs. This is going to save you money, but the benefits go beyond that. Think about how many times you run out to grab lettuce to make a salad for dinner, or you realize that you need basil for a recipe, but you're all out.

How much less carbon dioxide would you contribute to the air if you could walk to your background and get the vegetable or spice that you needed to finish your dinner? Also, many of these items come in packaging, especially spices and herbs.

Creating packaging creates waste. It's even worse because most of the packaging is plastic...if you have these items growing at your home, no packaging is required.

Shop At Local Farmer's Markets

Shop At Local Farmer's Markets

Farmer's Markets

Frequent Farmer's Markets: When you buy from a farmer's market, you are supporting your local economy while also buying food that probably hasn't traveled very far to get to your home.


Shop At Local Farmer's Markets

Shop At Local Farmer's Markets

Stay Away From The Packaged Foods

Stay Away From The Packaged Foods

Practice Healthy Eating: Stay Away From The Middle Of The Store

Purchase fresh meats, fruits, vegetables, etc. The packaged food that takes up the center of the store is usually full of preservatives, and it's packaged. Package means waste.

The less waste you are a part of creating, the better. Choose to make things at home instead of buying them pre-made. For example, flour tortillas are extremely easy to make and making them at home costs a fraction of what they cost in the grocery store.

The food you make at home is almost always more healthy than what you'll buy pre-made in your local grocery store.

Organic Food and Healthy Eating:

Pay Attention to Packaging: There is no way around it, you are probably going to have to purchase packaged foods at sometime. Whenever possible, buy food that has limited packaging and that has packaging that can be recycled. Cardboard, glass, metal, and some plastic can be recycled.

Find A Local Butcher Shop

Find A Local Butcher Shop

Shop At Locally-Owned Stores

Shop at Locally-Owned Stores: Yes, you may pay a little more, but you'll be supporting your local community. Also, your local grocery store is more likely to carrier items from local farmers.

Find a Local Butcher: Then talk to them to see if they have sell meat from free-range animals or animals that were fed an organic diet. Even if they don't have those options, you are still making a sustainable food choice by buying from someone local. Why? Because the food is traveling much less distance to get to you.

Use Your Food Wisely: Part of making sustainable food choices means using the food that your purchase wisely. Only cook enough for your family to eat and save your leftovers.

Get Involved in Community Supported Agriculture: CSA's are a great way to support your local farmers, while also choosing healthy food for your family.

You'll purchase a portion of a farmer's crops before they are planted and then reap a portion of the rewards at harvest. There are some risks, as you may lose some of your "investment" if the farmer has a bad year, but you can also save a lot of money and it's a great green thing to do.

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