By Nikki Wooten, Compost Initiative Intern
This summer I had the opportunity to join a discussion series called Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics, and Sustainability. We met at the local library every Sunday afternoon for 6 weeks. I like to think of it as a food policy book club. If you ever get the chance to organize a Northwest Earth Institute discussion series, I promise that you will enjoy the time spent.
We all had different ties to the local food community. I work for the local farmer’s market. Another works for the local co-op. Another serves with me on the Food Policy Council. One person researches food deserts in Bloomington. It was a wonderful fun getting together with like-minded folks and talking about the things we all care about.
There comes a point, however, when it is no longer useful to sit and agree. There needs to be a product. We need to be growing edible forests in our cities, starting worm farms in our basements, calling our legislators. The so-called food movement needs a lot less talking, and a whole lot more doing.
Action starts with the individual. What are you doing to be more sustainable in your food consumption? Here are some easy ways to reduce your impact on the planet:
- Eat less meat. Just try skipping meat once a week, swapping for plant-based protein like legumes and nuts.
- Visit your local farmer’s market. Your produce will be fresher because it traveled a shorter distance!
- Compost. Build a worm bin or compost pile in your backyard to reduce food waste.