Reconnecting the Food Chain
As Michael Pollan says, “No matter how industrial and machine-like [a food chain] is in the middle, at either end is a biological system. You’ve got the soil and plants on one end and the human eater on the other.” As an eater, you can reforge links within your food chain in a number of ways:
- Support sustainable food chains. Seek out food producers that use organic and sustainable farming methods, which work in concert with nature’s biological processes to protect animals and the environment.
- Shorten the food chain. Go local. Get your food close to the source, directly from local farms at the farmers market or other trusted purveyors.
- Eat lower on the food chain. It takes more resources—water, land, fossil fuels—to raise animals for meat than it does to grow plants. Decreasing your meat intake can reduce your impact on the environment and your health.
- Create your own food chain. Connect with your food chain from the ground up by growing your own food, at home or with others in a community garden.
- Protect the food chain. Pay attention to food policy legislation and issues, such as GMOs and food labeling, and advocate for a safe food system for all.
- Create healthy food chains. Join or form a local food policy council to increase community food security and create partnerships between local growers, business owners, schools, and institutions.
Discover recipes and tips for eating lower on the food chain at Meatless Monday. The Community Food Security Coalition offers tools and resources for taking action in your community. For more about food safety, check out the Center for Food Safety.
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