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How to eat green when it's white outside
Monday, Nov. 24, 2008 | 05:41 PM AT
Of course, if we in Canada only ate local, there would be no olive oil, no bananas, no clementines and definitely no pineapples. And what of the argument that one must eat not just for one's environment, but with a nod to one's genetics? Someone like me, whose ancestors ate mostly fresh veg all year round... could my body really adapt to a primarily meat and root veggies diet in a mere 5 years?
So here's the deal:
2. In the winter, focus on fair trade and organic: One's focus should always be on fair trade and organic as well as local. But come winter, when local is no longer possible, it becomes that much more important to buy organic (where harmful chemicals are eliminated or kept to a minimum and crop cycling is encouraged to keep the soil healthy) and fair trade (where workers and their families make decent wages and a portion of the proceeds often go towards hopitals, schools and child care).
3. Carnivores, this one's for you: Being vegetarian isn't necessary in order to eat green, it turns out. Much of the grass and soil in our region has evolved with the animals that graze on it. So to take the animals out of the picture would destroy an age-old ecosystem. But...this argument only works if the meat you buy comes from animals that are raised outdoors, in the sun, cruelty-free. Buying organic, cruelty-free meat is the BIGGEST thing you can do for the environment and your health (cut out all those hormones that are messing with our endocrine systems; and antibiotics that are leading to superbugs).
4. If you can't do anything else: Buy CERTIFIED fair trade coffee, sugar, tea and cocoa. By doing this, you'll be doing your part to abolish slavery and indentured servitude in poor countries. Just remember to CHECK FOR THE CERTIFICATION. Very important. Never take a company's word for it.
1. Join a co-op: Farmer's co-ops or places like Co-op La Maison Verte can get good discounts that will keep prices down for members.
2. Get a panier: Check at your local farmers' market and subscribe to a local, organic food basket. I have tons of colleagues that do this (I live right by a market, so I don't need to). Once a week, they collect their local, fresh, organic veg. And it's actually CHEAPER than buying non-organic, non-fair trade stuff at the grocery store. So if you don't have a lot of money, this is actually a better way to do things. On the down side, you sometimes end up with fruit or veggies you have no idea how to cook (but most of my friends agree that their paniers have forced them to be more adventurous in their cooking habits).
3. Buy in bulk After shopping around, when you DO find food that's organic and affordable, stock up and freeze what you can't use immediately.
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