There are some things you can do to help yourself, your family and your community stay healthy, thrive and leave this planet in better shape than we found it. Buying local products, shopping at your local farmer’s market, choosing sustainable farming foods and restaurants who use local ingredients are great ways to make a difference.
There is a great movie called FRESH that really shows the whys and hows of sustainable agriculture vs the conventional way. One man who does sustainable farming has land worth $3000 per acre. His next door neighbor farms the conventional way and his land is only worth $150 per acre. The problem is the corporations that back the land want it done their way. Farmers who allow themselves to be tied to these practices are basically prisoners to the contracts they are forced to sign.
We can start at the bottom, with us consumers, who by our choices can drive the market and force the big conglomerates to change their ways and make our food and our planet better. It all starts with us and our choices. Here are some good ideas and tips on how to begin.
10 Fresh Action Tips
Ana’s 10 FRESH Actions: 10 easy ways that you can live a more sustainable lifestyle! Download and share, or create your own! Click here to download an example of a 10 FRESH Ideas created for a successful FRESH screening recently in Fairfield, CT.
1. Buy local products when possible, otherwise, buy organic and fair-trade products. Ask your grocer or favorite restaurant what local food they carry and try to influence their purchasing decisions. You will support your local economy and small farmers, reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides, improve the taste and quality of your food, and protect the environment from fertilizer and pesticide run-offs.
2. Shop at your local farmers market, join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and get weekly deliveries of the season’s harvest, and by buy from local grocers and co-ops committed to stocking local foods.
3. Support restaurants and food vendors that buy locally produced food. When at a restaurant, ask (nicely!) your waiter where the meat and fish comes from. Eventually, as more and more customers ask the same question, they’ll get the message!
4. Avoid GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) LIKE THE PLAGUE! When buying processed food (anything packaged) buy organic to avoid GMO. (Since almost all the soy, corn, and canola in the US is genetically modified, over 70% of all processed food contain GMOs from by-products of these grains.)
5. COOK, CAN, DRY & FREEZE! Our culture has forgotten some of the most basic joys of cooking. Not only is cooking at home better for you and more economical, but it’s an invaluable skill to pass on to your children.
6. Drink plenty of water, but avoid bottled water when you can. Water bottles pollute the environment and bottled water is often mere tap water. Plastic is harmful to your health and to the environment. Buy a reusable water bottle and invest in a good water filter.
7. Grow a garden, visit a farm, volunteer in your community garden, teach a child how to garden. GET DIRTY! Have fun!
8. Volunteer and/or financially support an organization dedicated to promoting a sustainable food system. Stay informed by joining the mailing list of the advocacy groups you trust.
9. Get involved in your community! Influence what your child eats by engaging the school board, effect city policies bylearning about zoning and attending city council meetings, learn about the federal policies that affect your food choice and let your congress person know what you think.
10. SHARE your passion! Talk to your friends and family about why our food choice matters. And organize a FRESH screening!
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