Eat Local and Lower on the Food Chain
While eating local seems to be widely accepted as a good choice
to help restore the environment, eating local animal foods defeats
the purpose, since eating local has far less impact on the
environment compared with eating lower on the food chain. For
example, eating chicken, beef or other animals involves the use of
grains and beans that were transported hundreds and thousands of
miles. The following are some tips to eat lower on the food chain as
well as local:
* Explore farmers’ markets.
* Seek out community-supported agriculture (e.g.
* Take a weekend country drive to discover farm gate sales.
* Start a backyard or balcony garden; plant herbs on the
* Grow garlic, kale, mustard greens, turnips, cabbage, spinach
and Swiss chard outdoors well
into winter. A hotbox or greenhouse allows plants to flourish in
* Walk around your neighborhood to find community gardens.
* Choose local produce at supermarkets and request that they buy
* Buy seasonal foods in bulk and preserve or freeze.
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