In 1970, a generation that perfected protesting turned their attention to something closer to home -- Mother Earth. Since then, the popularity of Earth Day - and the environmental movement that goes along with it - has led to the development of the Environmental Protection Agency (or EPA), as well as the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and the Endangered Species Acts.
So, in the spirit of things, here are a few simple ways you can do your part to reduce your food footprint:
Swap one grocery store run with a trip to the farmers market. Not only are you supporting a small business, the produce is guaranteed to be local which cuts down on fuel use. Buy in season. Not that you could tell from a grocery store produce department, but not all fruits and vegetables are available all year round. A quick internet search will show you what's in season in your area. Look for restaurants that source their products locally. It's becoming trendy for restaurants to list the local vendors they use right on their menus. Again, you're supporting a local business and doing your bit to cut down on unnecessary food miles. Do some research. Many restaurants and stores these days are also offering sustainable seafood, which means that the fish being served aren't in danger of becoming extinct because of over-fishing. Make small changes. Instead of putting your lunch in a brown or plastic bag every day, try a reusable one. Recycle. It may sound like a no-brainer but not every neighborhood does recycling pickup. Washing and sorting through dirty plastic and glass containers isn't fun, but it's easy to start small -- try reusing plastic to-go containers for your lunch, most of them survive a couple of trips in the dishwasher. Buy a reusable water bottle.