Sustainable Food Options
There are many options to consider when choosing your food. Is it organic? Is it locally produced? Is it in season? Sometimes it is hard to distinguish what is a good choice for you—and the planet. As a consumer, we encourage you to “vote with your dollars” when making food choices,during the EcoChallenge and in the future.
Pick from the list below to create your personal plan to fulfill your EcoChallenge.
For my EcoChallenge action(s), I will:
- Purchase most of my produce & fruit from the farmers market
- Source food for office meetings and events from local producers
- Visit a nearby farm, learn about what they produce and pick my own fruits and veggies or join a CSA
- Purchase 90% of my food from locally produced and/or organic sources
- Try out the 100 Mile Diet and eat only food that has been raised and cultivated within a hundred mile radius of where I live.
- Try cooking 5 new recipes that feature organic and/or local ingredients
- Choose sustainable seafood options every time I eat fish during the EcoChallenge
- Limit my meat eating to twice per week (if I eat meat) or try Meatless Monday
- Try something new with food, such as canning, drying, or jamming local foods or baking bread
- Cut back food waste: Plan your household menu and find creative uses. Look here for tips.
- Participate in planting and growing food-- either in my own or a friend’s garden or at a community garden
- Plant an herb windowsill or herbs in pots if the garden’s not an option
- When eating out, ask where the restaurant sources their ingredients--choose and encourage local and organic options
- Get involved in food legislation and share my opinion with my elected representatives
- Research and become involved in a local group/campaign such as a community food council or effort to provide sustainable food in school cafeterias
- Organize one of NWEI’s discussion course such as Menu For The Future or Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics and Sustainability and invite friends, neighbors or coworkers to join a new discussion group
- Watch a documentary film about food with friends and get them involved in sustainable eating (some suggestions include: Food Inc., The Future of Food, Supersize Me, and King Corn)