Eating Green in the Tri-Cities

Category: How-To Published: Saturday, 18 November 2017 Written by Super User

Ideas and links for making environmentally friendly food choices.

Buying Organic and Local
Buying local food not only helps local farmers thrive, it reduces energy consumption. The average food has traveled 1200 to 2500 miles to your place. Energy is expended freezing, refrigerating, and trucking that food around. Eating locally grown food means less fossil fuel burned in preparation and transport. And local food is often fresher and tastier too!

Ideas:

  • Get produce at a farmers market.
  • Learn to can, freeze, or otherwise preserve food for the winter.
  • Start a garden.
  • Find local shops with local goods.

Find local farms and farmers markets, and stores and restaurants that use locally grown produce in the Green Pages.

Get info on preserving food on the WSU website http://ext100.wsu.edu/clark/healthwellness/foodpreservation/masterfoodpreserverprogram/

Eating Less Meat/Animal Products
According to a 2006 report by the United Nations raising animals for food is one of the top two or three most significant contributors to environmental issues such as land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution and loss of biodiversity.

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