Top 4 Tips For Sustainable Eating
Do you know where your breakfast egg came from? How about the vegetables you had for lunch? Probably not, but you’re not alone.
Most people don’t know where their food came from and there’s a growing movement to change that. It goes under many names, like farm-to-table, farm-to-fork and sustainable eating, and it’s a social movement that promotes not only knowing where your food comes from, but acquiring it from local, sustainable sources.
1. Eat Farm-To-Table
Farm-to-table restaurants are dotting the countryside and are providing menu items made with locally grown items. Quite often these restaurants are located on a farm that provides much of the food prepared.
The fresh, organic food is a healthy and sustainable food source. Many of these establishments allow you to tour the farm, see how the food is grown and provide information on the sustainability of the food source.
2. Organic Gardening
Organic gardening promotes the recycling of all food waste and animal manure for use as soil amendments. These organic products will not harm the environment, but rather improve it. Compost made from recycled food scraps improves garden soil structure and feeds plants so they can produce food that is free from chemicals. It’s a cycle of life that reduces our carbon footprint while promoting better health for humans, animals, and plants.
3. The Closer The Better
The closer a food source is to an outlet, like restaurants and grocery stores, the less fossil fuel is used for food transportation. Fewer fossil fuels used to transport food means lower food costs, fresher foods, and cleaner air.
Combine a close food source with recycling animal manure and all food scraps for an ultimate goal of zero waste and you’ll have a sustainable food source that you can rely on.
The farm-to-table movement is not centered on profits but centered on building strong communities that can create their own sustainable eating sources.
4. Education is Key
Discovering where your food comes from and how it was grown might become a motivating factor in learning more about organic gardening. Start your own organic garden or get involved with a local organic farmer to help promote a food source in your area that is sustainable, affordable and healthy for everyone.