Eat Local Foods
How Do You Eat Sustainably?
Grow Your Own
Plant fruit trees or bushes and vegetables in your yard or in containers for the ultimate in eating locally – right out of your backyard. View our YouTube videos of Rosalind Creasy as she presents Edible Landscaping as part of GreenTown’s educational speaker series.
Support Farmer’s Markets and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)
By supporting locally grown agriculture, you are saving thousands of “food miles” – the distance food travels from farm to table – reducing air and water pollution, traffic congestion and energy use.
Know Where Your Food Comes From
Buying directly from farmers, you eliminate the middleman – and the unhealthy chemical additives that often go into processed food. A local food supply is a good way to avoid the bacteria and food-borne illness that can spread through huge processing plants and sicken your family.
Eat Seasonal Foods
Buying food in season guarantees your food is fresh and delicious, and that it’s grown locally – not on a farm thousands of miles away.
Avoid Foods Grown or Raised with Chemicals
Go organic. Note that even if food is not “certified” organic, it may be grown without the use of harmful chemicals – ask your farmers how their food is grown. Avoid unhealthy “factory-farmed” meat and poultry that contains hormones and antibiotics.
Prepare Your Own Food
You’ll save money and eat better, too! Share good food, made at home, around the table with your family and friends.
Support Sustainable Seafood
The oceans’ “endless bounty” isn’t. Fish stocks are dwindling, due to overfishing and poor fisheries management. In general, locally caught or raised fish and shellfish are more sustainable than fish from a different country or continent. Look for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) label and ask your fishmonger or restaurant if the fish they provide is sustainable.
Reduce calories and carbon emissions — for one or more days a week, eat no meat. If every American didn’t eat meat one day per week, it would be the equivalent, in carbon saved, of taking 20 million cars off the road for a year!
Look for Fairtrade certification for imported products, such as coffee and cocoa. Fair or ethical trade means purchasing “with minimal harm to or exploitation of humans, animals and/or the natural environment.”
Educate yourself about the industrial food system. Read books – Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me, Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation, David Kessler’s The End of Overeating: Curing the Insatiable American Appetite. Watch documentaries – Food, Inc., The End of the Line, King Corn. Check out the carbon in your diet at Eatlowcarbon.org