This is the fifth instalment of my Easy Green series over on Childhood 101.
Every time we spend money on food and other essentials, we make a choice about the world we want to live in. We can choose to reduce waste and to support resourcefulness, we can choose people over corporations and long-term health over short-term gain. Here are some ideas on how to turn boring old grocery shopping into something that supports a healthy planet, stronger communities and a more sustainable future for our children.
1. Shop in independent stores. Visit the butcher, the baker and the greengrocer.
2. Source fruit, vegetables, meat and eggs from local suppliers to reduce food miles and ensure a better deal for farmers. Visit markets, buy from the farm gate or look online for suppliers.
3. Check all boxed or packaged foods and buy those made in your country or, better still, your state!
4. Find a veggie box-delivery scheme or search for “community supported agriculture” in your area.
5. Keep an eye out for locally produced jams, sauces, curry pastes, sweet treats, cleaning products and more.
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