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Sustainability is "in." Many of today's families
are seeking out sustainable products, with food companies doing
their best to meet the demand. In fact, Mintel's Global New
Products Database discovered more than 13,000 new sustainable food
and drink products introduced since 2005.
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green your family's routine this spring
Even Oprah has gotten into the act. When journalist and
food expert Michael Pollan appeared on her show in February, he
passionately implored viewers to become more conscious of
the food we eat, where it comes from and its effects on the
Registered dietitian Amanda Archibald, founder and owner
of inspirational edible education company Field to Plate, weighs
in. "Before we can eat sustainably, we must define what
sustainability means in our lives and really consider its relevance
to us. Sustainability, be it about food choices, land use, energy
or wasteful consumption, has to be relevant. Nobody wants to live
in a world tomorrow that has less choice and less resources than we
Preserving today's resources for our children is what
Model sustainable eating behavior.
Get children involved by making food relevant and special in
Sustainable tips that also save
money. Get to know your producers. Take
children to the farmers' market so they can talk with growers and
discover how fresh produce looks and tastes.
Be picky about organics.
Locally grown organic foods are best. Nix the organics
shipped from around the world.
Avoid wasting food. How much
food do you throw away in a month? One way to minimize this is by
reducing refrigerator clutter. Another is planning your family's
meals and using up leftovers.
Be stingy about animal proteins.
If you enjoy meats, limit the portion size or mix them into
soup, stew, stir fries or pasta dishes.
Use the entire vegetable.
Reach for loose bunches of lettuce or other greens, rather
than the bagged variety. Incorporate stems, inner leaves or greens
into stir-fries, soup and salad.
Bag the paper towels. How
many rolls do you use-and toss in the garbage-per month? Use a
clean dish towel or hand towel to wrap freshly washed greens and
herbs in the fridge or to dry produce. Wipe counters with a sponge
or rag and toss in the washing machine with your regular
Christine M. Palumbo is an award-winning registered dietitian in Naperville where she has been happily incorporating leftovers, composting and otherwise eating sustainably for years. She can be reached at [email protected]
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