Four Tips To Eat Greener This Earth Day
On this the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Short Order asked four locals for tips on eating greener. And no, it doesn't involve remodeling your kitchen to make it eco-friendly, though that would be nice. Here's what they had to say.
If you are a seafood lover, download the Seafood Watch iPhone app to find out if what you are about to buy is fresh, toxic, endangered or shipped from countries violating the fishing laws."
"Eat as much local food as possible, visit farmer's markets and support local farmers - better yet even, grow your own food," suggests John Schott, chef at Lifefood Gourmet. "Share with others the value of bringing back the value of a home-prepared, fresh meal made from scratch with real food ingredients. Begin to phase out processed fake/ lab 'food.' As a byproduct by becoming healthier you become more active and willing to clean up our environment and vote with more sustainable choices."
"Waste less food," offered Trina Sargalski of miamidish.net. "I've been working on this one myself. It's easy for me to overestimate how much food I'll be able to cook in a week, especially when I'm excited about all of the recipes I want to try. So, I'm trying to be more realistic about it. Also, if you learn some basic recipes that allow for several varied ingredients (like a chili or curry), you can make use of all those last little scraps before they wither away in the fridge." Sargalski pointed us to this graphic to give us an idea of how much food is wasted in U.S. households.
And last but not least, Margie Pikarsky of Bee Heaven Farm gave Short Order these useful tips.
"Reduce energy use by not cooking one or two things you eat each day. How? Make simple ferments (brined veggies, kefir), sprouts, fresh salads, shredded raw veggies, sushi, rollups, sandwiches. Cook once and eat many times - stock, beans, stew, rice or grains - freeze
some, eat some, save some to eat in a cold dish. For example, cook a larger amount of pasta than normal. Eat a pasta meal and chill the remainder to make a cold pasta salad - no additional cooking required to create a second meal. Use your oven to make multiple dishes at one time - a main casserole or roast meat dish, roasted veggies and a dessert, for example."
Check out this website for more ways to help mother earth. And Happy Earth Day!