What You Can Do
The longest journey begins with a single step. Here are some fun suggestions for things you can do to join the sustainable food movement immediately! Choose any one and give it a go. Next time, try another. Involve your friends and family and witness the snowball effect! Before you know it, you will have changed your lifestyle, our food system, and ultimately the planet—all for the better.
EAT Less Meat – Meatless Monday!
Going meatless even one day a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. For recipes, articles, nutritional guidelines and more, go to www.MeatlessMonday.com.
Stay up-to-the-minute on information about our food system.
Buying sustainable food is important, but we can’t shop out way out of our broken food system. Go to www.FoodandWaterWatch.org to learn how to get involved.
DINE at restaurants that support the local sustainable food system.
Type in your zip code at www.EatWellGuide.org to find restaurants and more near you. The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory for anyone in search of fresh, locally grown and sustainably produced food in the United States and Canada.
EAT sustainable while you are on the road.
Planning a trip? Let the Eat Well Guide’s Eat Well Everywhere tool help you find local, sustainable, and organic food wherever you go in North America.
SHOP at a Farmers’ Market.
Find one near you at www.EatWellGuide.org. Talk to the farmers and learn about their growing practices; spend your money where it will go back into the community.
PURCHASE a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share.
CSA provides a direct link between a local farmer and you. You pay the farmer at the beginning of the season which helps them financially, and they provide in-season, local vegetables (and sometimes fruit, dairy, meat, and more) weekly at a predetermined drop spot throughout the growing season. You can find a CSA group near you at www.EatWellGuide.org.
GO to a food movie.
Food Inc., Fresh and What’s on Your Plate are a few of the new movies to see. You can also rent Fast Food Nation, The Real Dirt on Farmer John, or King Corn (you can even NetFlix Food Inc. now!). The sustainable food movement is a hot topic, and you can be on top of it!
READ a book about sustainable food.
The new book, Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer will definitely get you thinking about the choices you make when it comes to feeding yourself and your family. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver will inspire. Reading any book or article by Michael Pollan will keep you up-to-date on the nitty-gritty of our food system here in the US. And coming soon – Anna Lappe’s Diet for a Hot Planet. Her book will clear up any question you had about the link between agriculture and climate change (available 03/30/10).
WATCH The Meatrix to learn about the problems with factory farming.
Have five more minutes? Watch the rest of The Meatrix series – The Meatrix II: Revolting and The Meatrix II½ – to find out about industrial dairy and slaughterhouses. *Spread the word by wearing a Moopheus t-shirt or drinking from a Meatrix mug at the office – check out our goods at Cafe Press!
Visit the Eat Well Guide to find stores near you that sell sustainably raised products – meat, diary, eggs and produce.
HELP spread the word about sustainable food!
Send The Meatrix link (www.TheMeatrix.com) to five friends right now. (And later, if you’re feeling ambitious once you’ve armed yourself with all of our information, check out our Presentation Kits and give a presentation of your own.)
ASK questions about your food.
Our “Questions to Ask” will give you ideas about what to ask a farmer or a store manager.
RESEARCH the problems.
Find out what is wrong with industrial agriculture and read up on the benefits of sustainable farming at www.SustainableTable.org/issues.