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Eating Toward a Greener Tomorrow

Food choices count, so celebrate Earth Month by eating your way to a greener planet. Here are six simple ways to make food choices that positively impact our environment.

  1. Waste not. There are lots of ways to keep landfill-bound waste to a minimum. Here’s a challenge: try preparing a zero-waste meal by purchasing items with little or no packaging. Ensure that any packaging you do end up with is reusable or recyclable, and then compost any food waste.
  2. Whole TradeLook for the Whole Trade® Guarantee. From coffee and chocolates to bananas and peppers, all of the products and fresh produce from our Whole Trade® producers must: meet our high Quality Standards, provide more money to producers, ensure better wages and working conditions for workers, and utilize sound environmental practices. When you choose these products, you’re improving lives with every purchase.
  3. Clean your plate organically. Organic farming respects water resources while the farmers build healthy soil and strives to preserve biodiversity. Plus, USDA National Organic Standards prohibit toxic and persistent pesticides as well as genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).
  4. Go grass fed. Grass-fed beef ranching is not only good for the animals but involves managing natural resources and supporting local producers. It’s a leaner choice and has a more favorable ratio of omega fatty acids to boot!
  5. Support responsible seafood practices. When you support responsible wild-caught fishing practices, you help ensure the ecological health of our oceans and the abundance of marine. Wild-caught seafood from fisheries certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is the top choice for sustainability. Our wild-caught seafood rating program provides information about the sustainability status of all non-MSC certified wild-caught seafood in all store seafood cases. We also promoted selling Responsibly Farmed seafood – look for the logo!
  6. Buy local produce. Try eating only local produce one day a week (or more). Best to do this during the peak of your local growing season! To increase the challenge, try to eat only foods that have travelled less than 100 miles to your plate.

Dig in!

Hungry to help improve the planet? Here are a few of our favorite recipes that incorporate these suggestions in a very tasteful way!

Organic Strawberries and Cream Cookies Lemon Trout Fillets with Capers

Small choices you make every day really make a difference in the world. What food choices are you making? Share with us in the comments below.

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Aimee says …

Another tip: Instead of spraying herbicide on your dandelions, pick and eat them! The leaves are best when small, so get them early, and the yellow flowers are edible too. Plus they are very healthy. Encourage your kids to pick their own leaves by turning it into a game, and watch how easy it will be to get them to eat it.

Carrie Barnes says …

I don't know about anyone else but I would love to see glass containers available for the bulk nuts and grains. You could recylce these at each store location. Since you have deli and butcher areas you must have dishwashing. Make the jars something you have to purchase the first time but then you get a new one when you bring an old one back to be washed/sanitized and re-used. This would help cut down on paper bag waste. This would also show your commitment to the Earth and recycling.

David from South Carolina says …

Great tips, though going vegetarian or vegan is better for the environment and more compassionate than eating "grass fed" beef or putting any more stress on our fisheries. I agree with Carrie Barnes. Could Whole Foods come up with a standard bulk container, the weight of which could be automatically subtracted, so that we don't have to continue with ALL THE PLASTIC bags and containers? (Maybe even give a nickel rebate for using it?)

Ryan says …

The answer is simple, much as we love it meat eating is extremely unsustainable.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DAVID - A lot of our stores offer this as an option. If you decide to bring in a container, such as a mason jar for example, you can have the store put a tare on it for you before you begin shopping. This way when you check out, they can take off the tare for your container. Check with your local store to see if they offer this, and ask them about a discount for bringing in your own container!