Buy Local and Organic Food

Food that is grown closer to home is fresher and supports local farmers. It uses less transportation emissions than food brought from other countries. It also has less pesticides.

Buying Tips

  • Read labels while you shop. Look for “organic” and locally produced.”
  • Visit your local farmers market.
  • Local Harvest is a great website to find a local farmers market near you.
        <h2>Avoid Pesticides</h2>       
    Pesticides are chemicals used to kill pests. Although they seem helpful, many of them cause short-term and long-term consequences that damage the health of humans, animal, and our environment. To avoid pesticides, eat organic and local foods!</p>      
        <h2>The Dirty Dozen &amp; the Clean Fifteen</h2>        
    <p>The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen are two lists that consist of produce that are the most and least contaminated by pesticides. The switch to organic when possible for the produce listed in the dirty dozen.                                        * Source: Environmental Working Group</p>      
        <h2>Eat Meat-Free Meal</h2>     
    <p>According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), greenhouse gas emissions linked to livestock make up 14.5 percent of all human-caused greenhouse gas releases.

We can change the amount of carbon dioxide that is being released and help our environment by choosing what we eat. Here are some ways that you can help as an informed consumer:

  • Eat at least one meat-free meal a day.
  • Choose vegetarian restaurants or meatless menu alternatives.
  • Opt for meat alternatives, such as tofu, nuts, and mushrooms.

Click on the pictures below to try out  these meat-free recipes!