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Sustainable Pleasure

     Throw a dinner party and save the planet. Obviously, it will take more than that, but what a pleasant way to start.

     How green is your dinner?  There are many questions you can ask yourself to determine the answer.  Are you using organically produced ingredients?  That’s a minimum but the bar is even higher now.  For instance, are you using locally produced, seasonal ingredients? How far did the food travel to reach your table?  Local produce might actually be more organic than “certified organic” labeled foods that were flown across the country or around the world. Do you know the people who grew the food? Did you purchase any of the ingredients at a local farmer’s market? Did you forage, fish, hunt or grow any part of the meal?  Is there any portion of the meal that you preserved, canned or froze when it was in season?  Do you homebrew beer or bottle your own wine?  What is your dinner’s carbon footprint?

     As you can see, many factors contribute to the sustainability and environmental impact of your food choices.  The good news is that any level of commitment you undertake will be good for you and the planet.  In my upcoming entries I’ll address these questions and more.  You’ll get the information you need and links to resources that will help you to enjoy the bounty of the earth in responsible, thoughtful and most importantly, delicious and satisfying ways.

Steve Frankel


This week’s suggestion:

Log on to http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/pubs/csa/csa.shtml and learn about an amazing evolution in farming - Community Supported Agriculture projects, that’s CSAs. These represent a growing movement and a vital resource for connecting with local farmers and like-minded folks as well as support for development of a sustainable local food supply.





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