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7 Tips for Green Eating

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1. Buy Local, Seasonal, Organic.
Shop locally to decrease the fuel consumption of transportation–shop at farmer’s markets, CSAs, food co-ops, and markets that sell local products. Even big box stores are hopping on the local food train. Eat seasonally, which essentially means that you are eating locally, which means that you are not supporting the fuel consumption of cross-country, cross-global transportation. This can be challenging for those of us living in, say, Brooklyn in the winter, but you’d be surprised by all the things you can do with dark greens and winter squash! Support organic agriculture. There, said. (For more on the health benefits of eating organic produce, read Michelle’s post Life Force Diet: Choose Organic.)

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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8:12AM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

excellent article! thank you. regarding local non-organic ... i've heard (but have not yet verified) that many produce shipments imported just from other states, are sprayed with chemicals (bug killer?) at some state borders, whether organic or not. creepy!

6:37AM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:36AM PDT on May 18, 2010

Thank you for these thoughts, and for the beautiful photo of heirloom vegetables.

5:48PM PDT on Apr 3, 2010

Great Information! you brought up a great point about how organic food isn't always good for the environment! Thanks

9:58PM PDT on May 9, 2009

*eats the dandelion salad*

10:38PM PDT on May 5, 2009

Very informative Article, I live in Australia on the east coast, we have been growing our own Vegetables for years. We have a son with a disability and we try to keep our food as Fresh as possible.

7:58PM PDT on May 5, 2009

Very informative,thank you

4:51PM PDT on May 5, 2009

I live in Michigan its hard for us we only get our local fresh foods Aug, Sep,Oct...i buy fresh farm eggs year round though

1:48PM PDT on May 5, 2009

Very informative. I had no idea you could eat your weeds! thanks for the helpful advice.

5:57PM PDT on May 4, 2009

It's so refreshing to see there are like-minded individuals. I live in a small farming community in Canada where conventional is mainstream and natural or organic is marginalized.

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