Keep your body, your farmers, friends and local soil healthy by choosing the BEST ingredients and foodstuffs for your holiday cooking this winter. While some of you may already know how to source high-quality eggs, meats and vegetables, the United States food system and diluted corporate marketing schemes are riddled with efforts to make us buy bad products with feel-good words. But don’t be fooled.
These terms do not guarantee nor mean the product is healthy or safe for you nor better for the soil and animals from which it came:
fresh natural all-natural healthy gluten-free naturally sweetened cage-free
Whether you shop at a national grocery chain or a small local foods market this winter, be aware of the greenwashing label methods used above. Instead, look for certified foods and simple ingredients listed on the nutritional label. Try to find foods produced near you that can show you their practices and/or have a trusted, detailed certified product. Reliable certifications include:
BIODYNAMIC NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFIED CRUELTY-FREE USDA ORGANIC
SEAFOOD WATCH CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD MSC
Basic Staple Tips
EGGS: Buy pasture-raised when possible. Organic, cage-free and hormone-free do not mean ethical chicken treatment.
Meat: Buy pasture-raised when possible. While it is not necessary to eliminate meat form your diet, eating meat at every meal is completely unnecessary for your body AND UNSUSTAINABLE FOR THE PLANET. Be mindful of this when planning your winter menus for parties, holiday events, and daily meals.
Dairy: Certified organic, growth hormone-free, whole milk. The dairy industry is rampant with animal rights abuses. Try to find a small-scale supplier that is local. Call them and ask them what their
Veggies/Greens: Certified organic, seasonal. Buy veggies, fruits and herbs that are chemical-free. No sense in truing to eat healthy if your fresh foods are laden with pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Also, eat seasonally to reduce the environmental impact of shipping and growing the food out of season. Seasonal foods: squash, potatoes, brussel sprouts, onions, garlic, leeks, sweet potatoes, apples, and local frozen and canned goods.
Sources for Clean, Local Ingredients in the Winter
Indoor Farmers’ Markets
Winter Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs)