Monday, April 1, 2013

3 Ways You Can Help Change the Food System for the Better

3 Ways You Can Help Change the Food System for the Better: We can’t trust the government to construct and enforce the framework to allow for the healthiest foods (and the healthiest foods only) to reach our plates. And honestly, we can’t be surprised at this inability. They are lawmakers and politicians, and unfortunately nothing more. In many ways, it’s up to us (the people) to change the food system ourselves. But this can seem like a daunting task in the face of hidden-GMOs, pesticide-laden produce, and sometimes undecipherable health and nutrition studies.

The good news is that you can live a healthy lifestyle without the help of Washington policy-makers. While we should all keep campaigning for those elected officials to make the right decisions (such as supporting GMO labeling petitions or going against other harmful petitions), we should similarly be making the right decisions for ourselves.

Changing the food system starts by changing your own food production, purchasing, and preparation. Here are 3 ways you can help to change the food system.

1. Grow What You Can

Whether you have an apartment balcony with limited sun or a huge backyard in a locale with a long growing season, you can grow something. Container gardening on a patio can help you maintain a supply of fresh, organic produce for several months. If you have room for a garden, you can supply your own needs and share the wealth by selling, trading, or gifting healthy produce to family, friends, and neighbors. When you grow your own food, you know exactly what’s going into it and there is no need for labels. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Check out our organic gardening 101 guide.

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