Better Food for a Better World

What better way to start the day than to chat about food? GoodGuide teamed up with Greennovate, Roots of Change, Practically Green and EatingWell for a Twitter party about how our daily meal choices affect not only our bodies, but also the environment and society. Together, we compiled a list of easy ways we can change the way we interact with food and create a healthier world. We even came up with some new Practically Green actions to get you started!

Where is the best place to purchase food?

  • Shop the perimeter of the grocery store (fresh produce) and avoid the aisles (packaged food).
  • Visit your local farmer’s market so you can actually meet the people growing your food.
  • Join a CSA with other people in your household or office.
  • Plant your own garden! Food in grocry stores has traveled around 1,300 miles on average, which really adds up.

What are tips for cooking at home more often?

  • Set an attainable goal to cook at least one meal per day or a few days a week.
  • Plan your meals ahead of time and make just one weekly grocery trip.
  • Host a dinner party to share sustainable cooking ideas with friends and family.
  • Post favorite meals (with pictures!) on your fridge for inspiration.
  • Take turns with co-workers cooking a weekly meal for the whole office.

What are the issues with consuming too much meat?

  • You save more water by not eating 1lb of meat than you do by not showering for 6 months!
  • A meal of fruits, vegetables, and grains generates 24 times less greenhouse gas emissions than 6 ounces of conventionally raised beef.
  • Cutting meat usually means getting more fiber, folic acid, vitamins C and E, potassium & magnesium.
  • Partcipate in Meatless Mondays and aim to give up meat at least once a week.

What can you do with leftovers?

  • Bring for lunch the next day.
  • Freeze ends of vegetables and make stock.
  • Casseroles, quesadillas, and soups are easy dishes that you can integrate leftovers into.
  • Start a compost bin!

What labels/certifications should you look for when choosing food?

  • No additives/preservatives and organic certification.
  • Check out NRDC’s labeling guide
  • The less complicated ingredients, the better.
  • Labels are important, but go straight to the source and meet the farmer who produced your food!
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