March 16 :: Sustainable Eating

Sustainable produce is a relatively new idea.  It gives shoppers interested in purchasing organic produce an alternative option at a lower cost, and sometimes a higher rate of availability.  According to the Food Alliance, sustainable produce (although not the same as organic produce) must meet the following criteria: Use a range of natural pest controls, Use the least toxic pesticides when natural methods don’t work; Improve soil by natural methods, such as crop rotation and cover crops; Protect clean drinking water and fish habitats by providing buffer zones in riparian areas; Provide wildlife habitat and encourage residency by growing some year round vegetative cover for shelter and food; Take into consideration quality of life issues for their farm workers and their communities when making daily farm management decisions; Continually improve their farming practices to make them more environmentally sound, socially just, and economically viable.

There are several resources for buying organic or sustainable. Almost all of the supermarkets in Las Vegas offer organic or sustainable produce for reasonable prices. Just be sure to check where the produce is from. It doesn’t do much good to eat an organic plum that has traveled from Chile to get to us. Eating sustainable also means eating seasonally. The Sustainable Table is an excellent resource for sustainable eating.

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