9 Ways to Eat Green

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." -Michael Pollan

You have the power to create a better environment for yourself and your community simply by making green decisions when it comes to your food. The slogan "think globally, act locally" is a great place to start.

Eating Locally

Locavore is a term coined by the San Francisco group, Locavores, interested in promoting local, sustainable agriculture and raising awareness of how food choice impacts our planet.

They advocate eating food primarily grown within 100 miles of your location. The concept is based on a foundation of sustainability and locality. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) a food is considered local if the distance that it was grown or produced is within 400 miles of your home.

Sustainable Foods

Sustainability is the capacity to endure. When the consumer purchases foods locally they are essentially demanding that the products taste great, are of the highest quality, and the revenue enhances their own community.

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9 Ways to Eat Green

1) Choose Organic. Organic farms release less synthetic pesticides into the environment, they can sustain diverse ecosystems, and they use less energy and produce less waste.

2. Choose Local. Buying seasonal, local food is good for the environment. American food travels approximately 1,500 to 5,000 miles from ground to table. Local food from farmers, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) or cooperatives have less impact on the planet due to the lack of transportation. Local food uses less packaging and is fresher. Supporting your local community will give a boost to the already suffering financial economy. Look for a farmers market near you at www.localharvest.org.

More: 4 Tips to Buy Local Produce

About the Author

Canyon Ranch pioneered the evolution of wellness lifestyle and has been an industry leader for 30 years. Lead by a team of expert physicians and other health and wellness specialists, Canyon Ranch operates the world's most celebrated collection of life-enhancement properties with the goal to inspire people to make a commitment to healthy living.

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