Why you should careFrom that morning smoothie to your favorite dinner casserole, a well stocked-do-good cupboard and fridge may change the world around you little by little.
By Latha Rao
From your morning smoothie to your favorite dinner casserole, the choices you make to stock up your kitchen and fridge with food can have positive impacts on your health and the world around you. What if simply shifting who we buy from allows us to meet our basic needs and others basic needs too. Imagine living in a way that allows every daily task you do to positively impact people and the planet. Sounds grand, but honestly, we know it’s possible and achievable. First things first, take stock of what’s in your kitchen cupboard today. We’ll start with something we do every three times a day, every single day…EAT.
What we choose to eat, and what we choose not to eat is one of the ways we embody what we care about.Michael Pollan, Author of An Omnivore’s Dilemma
This statement by famed sustainable food writer, Michael Pollan, truly reflects the core of why we should care about sustainability. The seemingly simple choice of deciding what to put in our body can have both positive and negative impacts. By choosing foods that are grown or made with our wellness in mind means we have to support personal health, better farming practices, avoidance of toxic chemicals used and giving people fair wages. By choosing conventional options where the goal is to provide quantity, not quality, means we Americans waste one pound of food per day (225-290 pounds per year) according to the US Department of Agriculture. That’s quite a bit to process when choosing a sandwich to eat.
What’s a challenge can also be a benefit. The good news is that each meal is an opportunity to make healthier, better choices personally and for others.
Counter Culture Coffee, Gold Giveback Medal & Gold Sustainability Medal
They make coffee with a commitment to environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability. Sustainability Impact. Counter Culture strives for measurable environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability measures. They focus on supporting farmers with fair wages.
Dave’s Killer Bread, Silver Giveback Medal
Dave’s Killer Bread makes organic wholegrain protein packed bread! Impact. They support organic farming and help provide second chance employment to people with criminal backgrounds.
King Arthur Flour, Gold Giveback Medal & Silver Sustainability Medal
King Arthur makes high quality sustainably produced organic flour and baking mixes. Impact. King Arthur Flour partners with other social good companies like Greyston Bakery and Philabundance to employ previously incarcerated women and men. King Arthur Flour is committed to sustainable farming practices and farmers.
Women’s Bean Project, Gold Giveback Medal
The Women’s Bean Project offers popcorn, spices, baking mixes, coffee, tea and of course, soups and beans, all made by women working to break out of poverty and find purpose and dignity through work. The Women’s Bean Project is able to help 100% of graduates convert to professional employment opportunities.
Numi Tea, Platinum Giveback Medal & Gold Sustainability Medal
Beyond organic teas, Numi Tea supports biodegradable packaging, access to clean drinking water, and community gardening in schools.
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