Sustainable Food and Fiber Choices
Studies have shown that every calorie of animal protein requires over ten times the fossil fuel energy to produce than a calorie of plant protein. Replacing a single day's meals each week with vegetarian options can save the equivalent of three hours of driving a week and more.
Choosing seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmer's markets or Community Supported Agriculture programs saves significant transport energy from bringing products in from long distances. It also supports local farming efforts and keeps the money in the community. Locally grown produce is also more flavorful and healthy since it ripens naturally in the field.
Organic foods are grown or raised using sustainable farming methods without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics,or hormones, making the foods healthier to eat as well as healthier for the environment. Organic cloth products made from plant sources such as organic cotton, jute, hemp, and bamboo are not only grown organically, but they are processed and manufactured without harmful, toxic chemicals and dyes.
Home vegetable and fruit gardening truly defines sustainable living, especially when done organically. Recycle organic waste material in a compost to use for fertilizer and use natural methods for pest control. Coordinate efforts and trade with neighbors who garden to maximize the variety of produce as well as build community resources.