Great article on sustainable practices related to food

I found this article from a very educative site, called change.org.

Some of the tips are practical while others will take a little effort from our end. But never the less, we all need to start thinking in this direction sooner or later. The sooner the better I say!

1.Visit the farmers market. Venture out once a week or even once a month. The vendors are friendly, the food picturesque and the economy local. Find the options near you on Local Harvest.

2. Join a CSA. You pay up front and then a box of veggies arrives regularly all summer as if by magic. This sounded creative and fun!

3. Start a garden. Here’s the pinnacle of eating local. This clearly isn’t an option for everyone, but with urban farming growing in popularity, you can probably find some place near you to hoe your row.

4. Learn to can. Now that you’ve grown more tomatoes than you can possibly eat, storing them properly for the winter is a great way to keep your local eating going long past harvest season. If canning is too hard, try freezing.

5. Eat less meat. Nothing says high-impact like a big, old steak, so if you want to step less heavily on the planet, dial down your inner carnivore. Use meat as a side or a topping and concentrate on animals less intensive to produce. Watch Food Inc. and that might give you more than one incentive to follow this one!

6. Do a meat-share with friends. Buying direct from the farmer can be a great option if you have friends to split the purchase with. You either need a lot of friends or a big freezer. Of course in life it never hurts to have both.

7. Seek out seasonal recipes. Avoid asparagus in September and broccoli in May. Check out what’s in season near you on Epicurious’ seasonal ingredient map.

8. Buy frozen fish. One of the lowest-impact ways to eat fish caught far away is to buy it frozen. If you happen to live next to the ocean and can access its bounty directly, forget this advice. But if you’re in Maryland purchasing Alaskan salmon, think about the freezer aisle.

9.Text FishPhone. Blue Ocean Institute’s FishPhone service will tell you whether the fish you’re thinking of buying is a sustainable pick. Text the word FISH and the name of the fish you want to buy to the number 30644, and you’ll get back a message giving you thumbs-up or -down.

10. Forage. Food is growing all around us. If only we had eyes to see it. Pick fruit from trees overhanging public spaces, seek mushrooms and other edible plants in local woods (only if you know how to avoid poisoning yourself) or, if you’re brave, try dumpster diving, also known as “urban foraging.” I would keep this one only for adventourous and brave souls.

The great thing about changing the way you eat is that you have full control. Build your 2010 on a welcoming attitude toward sustainable food and you’re sure to have a good year. Happy New Year!

source: http://food.change.org/blog/view/10_ways_to_go_sustainable_in_10

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