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8 Steps to the New Green Diet

8 Steps to the New Green Diet

Nowhere does the win/win of green living for health and the environment show up more than when one chooses to eat the foods of the new green diet. This diet is the old and timeless one of eating real food grown locally in well-tended soil, with some adaptations for modern life. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Eating Organically Produced Food
Organic agriculture strives toward being sustainable, meaning that which can be continued indefinitely, without depletion of resources beyond a rate that they could be renewed.

Step 2 and 3: Eating Local, Seasonal Food
Eating local, seasonal food supports local farms and saves the energy that would be used to refrigerate and transport food many miles.

Step 4: Eating a Variety of Food
“The loss of genetic diversity—silent, rapid, inexorable—is leading us to a rendezvous with extinction, to the doorstep of hunger on a scale we refuse to imagine,” writes Kenny Ausubel in the book Seeds of Change: The Living Treasure. Organic farms grow a wide variety of plants to keep the soil healthy and preserve diversity. Industrial farms, on the other hand, monocrop, meaning they grow nothing but a few commodities.

Step 5: Eating Low on the Food Chain
Humans can eat both high and low on the food chain and be adequately nourished. Residues of persistent chemicals such as DDT, PCBs, dioxin, and many pesticides concentrate in animal fat.

Step 6: Eating Whole Foods with Adequate Fiber
Whole foods are nutritionally complex and complete. Refined foods have had much of their nutritional value and fiber removed.

Step 7: Avoiding Processed Food
The average American eats 150 pounds of additives a year, much of which is sugar and salt. Three thousand additives are intentionally used in processed food. Many of these additives, such as hydrogenated oils, can cause health problems.

Step 8: Reducing Packaging for Public Health and the Environment
Chlorine and dioxin are just two chemical compounds that are released in the manufacture of many packaging materials. Toxic chemicals can also migrate to your food from packaging.

Adapted from The Green Kitchen Handbook, by Annie Berthold-Bond and Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet.

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Adapted from The Green Kitchen Handbook, by Annie Berthold-Bond and Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet.Copyright (c) 1997 by Annie Berthold-Bond and Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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2:22PM PDT on May 4, 2013

good ideas.

10:25AM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

6:35PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

cool

5:01PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Excellent article. Thanks.

2:40AM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

WOOW it is really great post

11:33AM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

Great tips though for some it is hard at money level and it is sad that not everybody can afford to eat all organic...

8:07AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

Grow your own...

9:33AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

Excellent advice.

6:30AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

nice article, even for vegan it's an important reminder

4:10AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

I`m vegeterian(looking forward to become a vegan:) for 6 months now,and living a green and healthy life.It`s sad that kids are nowdays eating a lot of junk and fast food.

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