Think globally, eat locally. Food that’s grown and produced nearby reduces transportation-related emissions. Farmers’ markets, U-pick farms, and roadside stands are great places to shop. Not only are you reducing emissions by buying locally but, you are supporting the local economy. At the grocery store, you can also look at the label to find out a fruit or vegetable’s origin.
Perhaps this is the year you should plant your own vegetable garden. There is nothing quite like the flavor of fresh picked produce. If you have never had a vegetable garden, the University of Illinois Extension Service has many resources: visit the website for Macon County.
Farmer’s Market in Decatur, Illinois
Visit the Richland Community College Farmer’s Market and load up your reusable bag with the freshest produce and goods. Buying locally supports local farmers in our community and reduces your carbon footprint, since nothing was shipped overseas to arrive in your hands.
Fish for Eating, Fish for Saving
We’ve all heard about the health benefits of a diet rich in certain types of fish. You may have also heard about some of the negative health risks associated with certain other types of fish.
To add to the confusion, there are a lot of fish in the sea that aren’t doing so well, environmentally speaking. Overfishing, pollution, changing sea temperatures, and habitat depletion are making it tough for some species of fish to survive and to reproduce.
According to the Marine Stewardship Council, 52% of fish stocks are fully exploited, which means that they are being fished at their maximum biological capacity. 24% are over exploited, depleted or recovering from depletion. 21% are moderately exploited. Yikes!
To help you weed through all the health and environmental data to pick the best fish for eating, the Environmental Defense Fund’s Seafood Selector (link to: http://seafood.edf.org/) is a handy tool.
If you are interested in learning more about mercury contamination in fish and the environment, the following article contains a wealth of information on this environmental concern: Mercury In Fish: Complete Guide On What You Need To Know