Don’t have time to run around to farmer’s markets? No problem, get Farm-Fresh Food Delivered. Find a community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm near you at eatwellguide.org or localharvest.org and pay a subscription fee for regular batches of local produce (and, in some places, grass-fed meat). If you’re worried about being able to use it all up, […]
“If 40 percent of American households bought only organic milk, it would change dairy production,” says Michel Nischan, co-owner of the Dressing Room restaurant in Westport, Connecticut, and author of “Sustainably Delicious.” “You really can be a hero one product at a time.”
Anything that qualifies as a whole (i.e., unrefined) grain — brown rice, barley, farro, quinoa — is automatically healthier for you and the environment than a processed grain like white rice. Even better is buckwheat, which can improve soil quality.
“If you’re buying food at the store, try to choose products that come in the least amount of packaging possible, or in containers that are easily recyclable in your area,” suggests Alexandra Zissu, author of “The Conscious Kitchen.” Bottom line, buy in bulk whenever possible.
As you’re roasting a chicken or baking a lasagna, throw in some vegetables or tomatoes for roasting, and maybe a loaf or two of zucchini bread. The goal is to turn the oven on just once or twice a week. Enjoy the fruits of your labor and make enough for left overs!
Bees are having a hard time, but we can all do our bit to help save the bees. You do not need to become a beekeeper. Indeed, many other pollinators (not just honey bees) are in serious decline too. For example, in some countries, like the UK, some bumblebee species have gone extinct already. Many […]
Levels of mercury in Pacific Ocean fish are likely to rise over coming decades, say researchers who report they’ve discovered how mercury gets into open-ocean fish. They concluded that up to 80 percent of the toxic form of mercury (methylmercury) found in deep-feeding North Pacific fish is produced in the ocean’s depths, probably by bacteria […]
Keeping track of which plastics are safer (Nos. 2, 4, 5) and which are more likely to release toxic phthalates, styrene, or BPA when heated or warm (Nos. 3, 6, 7) can be confusing. (We have yet to come up with an easy-to-remember shorthand.) So make it a policy to use as little as possible […]
Switch to unbleached paper lined with vegetable wax. Use it instead of aluminum foil or plastic wrap. It’s compostable, reusable when wiped down, and can be fastened with masking tape.
Salad dressing is a packaged condiment that’s so much better homemade — and it’s incredibly easy to whip up. Mix 1 minced shallot, 3 tablespoons any good vinegar, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/2 cup olive oil, and salt and pepper. It’ll keep for a week in a corked glass bottle in the fridge.