9 Ways to Eat Green

For a list of green seafood choices visit montereybayaquarium.org. If you are uncertain of your fish choice text FishPhone at 30644 with the message FISH and the name of the fish in question. They will text you back with information on whether or not you are making a sustainable choice. 

6. Read Labels. Look for words that indicate the food was produced in a way that meets ethical and environmental standards. In addition to choosing USDA certified organic food, look for Fair Trade Certified food. This ensures that farmers in other nations receive a fair price for their product and work in fair conditions. Choose Shade Grown, Bird Friendly or Rainforest Alliance certified coffee, orange juice, chocolate and bananas. All ensure that farming practices maintain rainforest health and native biodiversity. Demeter Certified Biodynamic ensures that foods are grown biodynamically, which uses no synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, animal by-products or genetically modified seeds. Finally, look for the Country of Origin Labels (COOL). In 2009, the U.S. expanded country of origin labeling so that you can see where your food is coming from.

7. Choose BPA-free or Stainless Steel Water Bottles. As a nutritionist, I recommend drinking fluids which total half of your body weight daily. When choosing plastic bottles, however, take into account the energy used to make that bottle as well as the emissions associated with transporting that bottle to its destination. Purchase a reusable BPA-free plastic bottle or a stainless steel bottle, as well as a filter for your home to remove chemicals from your water supply.

8. Brown Bag It. Bringing your lunch to work or school is not only an economically good choice but a healthy choice as well. By avoiding restaurant foods you are reducing your exposure to sodium, hidden ingredients and excess calories. Plus, reusable containers and eco-friendly lunchboxes are a great way to reduce waste.

9. Beware of Plastic Packaging. Plastic packages are manufactured using oil and therefore are responsible for creating over 24,000 tons of greenhouse gas every year. Avoid excessive packaging by choosing whole foods at local farmers markets or co-ops. Buy loose fruits and vegetables, and bulk cereals, pastas, grains, seeds, and nuts, and remember to bring along a reusable grocery bag.

More: Organic Foods: Better, Safer, More Nutritious?

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