- Buy local as much as possible. Visit Local Harvest, Buy From the Farm, enter in your location for a list of farms and farmers markets in your area. You can also go to Eat Well to find businesses that support local sustainable foods such as bakers, butchers, restaurants, and stores. You can also participate in your local CSA programs.
- Be an advocate for ocean friendly seafood. Seafood Watch encourages the sustainment of wild, diverse and healthy ocean ecosystems by recommending we purchase seafood that is fished or farmed in ways that don’t harm the environment. You can visit Seafood Watch to learn about current seafood ratings. They also feature sustainable seafood recipes.
- Support ranches that strive to improve the symbiotic relationships between humans, herbivores, grass, and topsoil. Purchase from local suppliers of grass-fed meat and dairy products. Eat Wild is a good site to locate ranches that do not give their animals any growth hormones or antibiotics.
- Take time to learn about the issues with our food and agriculture systems. The Meatrix is a site where you can learn about sustainable food and the problems with factory farming. Take Part is a site that covers topics such as food, environment, animal rights, education and health.
- Grow your own food by planting a garden. Size does not matter, plant a small bed or several pots of fruits, vegetables, and herbs…nothing beats being able to go into your own yard and pick foods you grew. No yard, no problem…all you need is a windowsill or patio and you can grow herbs and small vegetables in pots. Community gardens are another place to grow. My local food bank offers plots you can rent to grow foods, you take what you need and can donate the rest to the food bank. You can find organic seeds at Seeds of Change.