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It is Wayfield Foods’ mission to provide the best food at the lowest cost, so we are promoting healthy eating as a part of our “eat better--spend less” campaign. This month, we are exploring how to make your meals green! Not just in the way of color, as it relates to fruits and vegetables, but also as it relates to your contribution to a better and heathier environment for all of us to live in. We are all familiar with the dailies…milk, bread, eggs, etc... These are the things you eat (daily) that you find yourself running out to your local Wayfield Foods each week or each day to purchase. We spend quite a bit of money on these purchases because of purchasing frequency, so it is important that these items are chosen carefully. While choosing and buying certain items at the grocery store, it’s not just about the money, but also about preserving our bodies, our health and our environment. Eating green is perhaps the most impactful single act we engage in, to do so. Those dailies, we mentioned above, all have very specific impacts -- from where the cows graze before supplying your milk, to how close to your home your bread is baked. Of course, it isn't quite that simple; there are myriad factors throughout the entire life cycle of all your food, and its inputs that affect its impact. So, how do you navigate all of the choices, in addition to going green? Read on and we will share some really good alternatives, as we help you navigate through, by giving you a bevy of fresh green tips to help you “green your meals”!
When you eat organic, don't just picture the healthy food you are putting in your body, but picture the healthy ecosystems which produced that food. Organic vegetables, fruits, grains, juice, dairy, eggs, and meat (and don't forget the organic wine and beer), are grown and processed in ways that support healthy people and a healthy planet. (Another option is buying frozen fruits and vegetables, if you are not be able to find or afford organic foods.) For details on the meaning of organic, see the USDA Organics homepage.
Buying seasonal, local food is a bonus for the environment for a lot of reasons. Since most food travels many miles to reach your table (1,500 miles, on average), locally sourced food (grown in the USA) cuts back on the climate-change impacts of transportation. Local food also generally uses less packaging, is fresher and tastier, and comes in more varieties. While shopping in your nearest Wayfield Foods store, you will find produce options shipped in from several local growers, as well as abroad, so be sure to look for food items locally grown here in the USA.
Greening your meals isn't just about the food that winds up on the plate--it's the entire process, the whole lifecycle shebang. Composting leftovers will ease the burden on the landfill, give you great soil, and keep your kitchen waste basket from smelling. Apartment dwellers and yard less wonders can do it too!
In the garden, in the greenhouse, in the window box, or something fancier. Even urbanites can get quite a bit of good eats from not much space.
Just as buying locally grown food cuts on "miles per calorie," buying from local sellers like Wayfield Foods cuts back on emissions, fuel consumption, and unnecessary traffic.
Putting extra planning into the amount of food you cook will cut back on waste. If it's something that will spoil quickly, try to avoid making more than you or your family can eat. If you've got extra, make a friend happy with a home cooked surprise. If it's a bigger affair, give the leftovers to those who may need them more.
Meat is the most resource-intensive food on the table and eating less of it can be the single most green move a person makes. So, if you're a meat eater, for starters, try consuming smaller portions or preparing smaller servings of meat each week and when you go to the grocery store or meat counter ask about the “leaner cuts” of the meats you like to eat!