We all know how to green our homes by switching to CFL lights, pulling on a sweater and turning down the thermostat and switching to a low flow shower head. But what about the food we eat?
Here are some tips on how to go “green” when shopping at the grocery store:
Go Organic – Eco friendly living means great taste! Have you ever noticed that many mass produced fruits and vegetables you find at the grocery store look normal but have not much taste at all? Try organic and see the difference!
Most grocery stores now have certified organic sections where you can purchase organically grown fruits and vegetables. They may cost more than non-organic alternatives, but I think you will find the price is worth the health benefits and improvement in taste!
Locally Grown – When you have a choice buy locally grown fruits and vegetables and meat. The short distance from the farm to the shop means less energy used, and less pollution created and fresher food!
Farmers Markets – Attend farmers markets to buy freshly harvested food. Be sure to check that food is organically produced before you buy.
Grow Your Own – Start a garden and enjoy the fresh taste of eco friendly living at meal time! It is amazing how good veggies fresh picked from your own garden can taste! Yum!
In Season – Whenever possible choose fruits and vegetables that are in season over those that need to be imported long distances. You will be reducing your carbon footprint by the meal choices you make.
Free Range, Organically fed, Hormone Free- If you buy meat, eggs or milk be sure it comes from animals that were:
-treated kindly while they were alive
-allowed space to freely move and live
-fed organic feed suitbable to their species
-not growth enhanced with hormones
How does eating “green” benefit the environment?
The impact to the earth and the environment is lower. The animals, even being raised for strictly food enjoy a life (no matter how short) that is relatively stress-free, free-grazing on the land and not being manufactured in crowded and sometimes deplorable living conditions.
Organic farmers use less energy, less water resources, and NO pesticides. Organic farmers rarely have to burn their fields, because their soil stays rich in content, moisture and nutrients due to careful management of land and using only natural organic matter to cultivate and grow their crops.
Organic farmers, live cleanly. Free of pesticides and toxins. They do not clutter up the landfills with toxic waste or subject their bodies to unhealthy foods. It is a conscious choice. One made in order to survive right along with the planet that sustains them.