We all have a chance to cast a ballot and elect representatives on local, state and national levels today. Election Day only comes around once a year so make sure you take advantage of it.
Fortunately, you can vote with your fork everyday! In fact, you can vote everyday, three times a day when you choose what to eat.
Georgia Organics has put together a guide with 10 easy ways that you can support local, sustainable and organic options and vote with your fork. Check it out below!
1. Eat low on the food and marketing chain by buying direct from farmers. Several studies have shown that the average distance food travels from farm to plate is 1,500 miles. In a week-long (or more) delay from harvest to dinner table, sugars turn to starches, plant cells shrink, and produce loses its vitality.
2. Stick with organic or sustainably-grown produce when possible. A study found that children who ate only organic produce had one-sixth the level of pesticides in their bodies of those who ate conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. Here’s the latest research on why eating organics is the smart thing to do for your personal health, and the health of the environment.
3. Shop at farmers’ markets; they are perfect places to buy all kinds of food, and meet the farmers who are nearby.
4. Join what’s called a CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture. That’s a long name for a type of subscription to a weekly box of fruits, vegetables and meats produced by a local farmer.Find one that delivers near you by clicking here.
5. Eat at restaurants that procure from and support local farmers. And ask your server where the restaurant ordered its food.
6. Some larger grocery stores now carry local food. Whole Foods, Kroger, and Publix are just three of them. Ask the folks at your grocery store whether they have a local food section.
7. Community gardens are excellent resources for finding and growing local foods. They offer educational tours, courses, and workshops that perpetuate the good food movement.
During both World Wars, Victory Gardens were encouraged for citizens to help in the war effort. “Growing your own” is an easy way to effect your community positively.
8. Grow your own. It doesn’t take much space at all to grow your own herbs, and vegetables. And if you have enough space for a bona fide garden, even better. Moreover, backyard chicken coops can keep you in steady supply of delicious, fresh eggs year round.
9. Cook a meal for a neighbor or family member using only local ingredients, and show them how delicious and easy it is to do.
10. Shop smart. Read labels, and if you find an ingredient that you are pretty sure Grandma didn’t use, it’s probably not sustainable, and definitely not produced by a local family farm.
Take your civic duty as an eater seriously and vote with your fork. Eat at Farms and Fields in Owens Food Court, shop at the Blacksburg Farmers Market and get to know the people who grow your food!
Photo Courtesy: Georgia Organics and The Dinner Kitchen.