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10 Ways to Eat more Environmentally Friendly

September 10, 2012

1. When you shop, use reusuable bags. These are the shopping totes that are a Friend of the Market perk at the Wild Ramp in Huntington. They are made from 100-pound feedsacks and are very sturdy, able to carry as much as 30 pounds.

2. If you can purchase food in bulk in an unwrapped form, opt for that. Some stores even provide reusable cloth bags near the bins and after bringing your item home, you can transfer it to a container, bringing the small bag back to the store for your next purchase.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~3. Think about where you shop. Chose stores that offer local or organic foods and take steps to reduce their waste, such as having doors on refrigerated sections.

4. Know your farmer. If you purchase local produce you will be able to find out what the farming practice is and will be able to chose to avoid chemicals.

5. If you are buying meat from the local grocery store, you are most likely eating meat produced in a concentrated feeding operation, which is a huge polluter. Better yet, buy your meat from a local source where you can determine what it eats and how it was raised. The flavor will amaze you.

6, Chose meat and dairy where the animals did not receive antibiotics, steroids and hormones as a normal and regular part of their diet. These end up in your body and have effects.

6. Eat in season. Not only is the produce fresher, it will taste better too! By buying locally you are also supporting your neighboring farmers and the local economy.

7. Preserve your seasonal produce. This way you will enjoy the local harvest all year!

8. Join a CSA. Community Supported Agriculture is one way to obtain fresh produce on a weekly basis. It also provides some income directly to the farm prior to purchase that helps with their cash flow. Go to the WVFarm2u website to find a CSA in your area.

9. Know your fish. If purchasing fish from a market, understand that some fish are from species that are being overfished or from contaminated areas. Others, caught in the Pacific, are now showing signs of  radioisotopes from the Fukushima disaster. For local fishing, be aware of the water quality and do not eat fish from streams that are polluted. The West Virginia Trout Fishing website has links to the Department of Natural Resources.

10. Avoid bottled water. While drinking water is encouraged, the plastic bottles are a huge use of resources. Buy a reusable glass or stainless steel bottle. Covers for the bottles can also be purchased that will protect and insulate.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2012 10:40 am

    Just came across an article stating that attempts to labal GMO salmon have been unsuccessful. Don’t remember if that was just here locally, or for the country. I would imagine there will be no labeling of this newest frankenfish experiment with our food supply. The truly scary part is what happens when these freaks escape to the wild and contaminate the real fish.
    I’ve wondered about radioactivity of our fish supply, but how on earth do I avoid that disaster since my diet relies pretty heavily on fish for protein and preference.

    • September 10, 2012 1:09 pm

      Gunta…..I am going to suggest that you check with a couple of sources about the safety of the fish. It may that what I read was not compelte enough and the fish that was tested was closer to Japan. You want to make sure the local fish there off Oregon is ok. The state agency is one but also go to one of the environmental groups.

  2. September 10, 2012 12:33 pm

    Question: Are the Wild Ramp re-usable bags made in the US? Maybe even in West Virginia?

    • September 10, 2012 1:07 pm

      I have no idea where the feed sacks are produced but I can assure you the shopping totes are made here…about 50% of them were made by me! LOL Recently we’ve gotten some new volunteers to sew so I can step back from that one, but I also sewed aprons from the feed sacks for the staff to wear as an easy identifier,

      You had an idea?

  3. September 10, 2012 2:17 pm

    Thanks for post. The hardest part for me is remembering to return the bags to my car after I’ve unloaded in the kitchen. I’m working on it!

    • September 10, 2012 3:50 pm

      I put mine right by the door immediately after I unload it…then it only takes a day or tow of walking past it before I remember to grab it and put it back out in the car. I use the pocket in the drivers door to stare me in the face and trip me when I go to the market. *G*

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