Foodprint: Saving the planet from your kitchen table
Choices about what you eat can make as big a difference for the environment as how you get around. Before reaching for your favorite comfort food this Thanksgiving, join the David Suzuki Foundation for our 11-day challenge, Foodprint: Saving the planet from your kitchen table. Starting Oct. 5th, you could win an awesome prize just by sharing your story on Facebook. Plus you'll get helpful eco-advice from me, the Queen of Green.
Answer the daily Facebook question by adding your comment. Don't have a comment to share? Check out the others and vote for your favourite. We're giving out fabulous prizes for the comment with the most "Likes".
The planet doesn't need another fad diet. But how much do you know about where your food comes and the type of impact it's having on the planet? What are you doing to eat more sustainably?
Pollinators like bees bring us 75 per cent of the food we eat — including apples, chocolate, coffee and almonds. Without pollinators, we'd be stuck eating only wind-pollinated crops like wheat and corn.
We've all heard about the mysterious global disappearance of honeybees. Other bee species are also declining, mainly because of habitat loss. Pesticides and human development are a big problem for bees — even small amounts of pesticides affect bee longevity, memory, navigation and foraging abilities.
You can start to make a difference from your kitchen table:
- Plan your spring bee-friendly garden now
- Add organic foods to your next grocery list (then stay tuned for Day 3)
- Go pesticide-free in your yard and garden
- Find out where to dispose of old pesticides safely by checking out Earth 911
Speaking of bees, I bought 20 for $20 this spring from a local coffee roaster in my neighborhood. These weren't European honeybees; these were a native species of mason bee. Most of us already have them nesting or visiting our yard, but I bought some just to make sure.
I wanted to see for myself how I could have a positive influence on these solitary bees by giving them a roof over their heads, a bee bath to drink from and plants for food. What a pleasant surprise when they laid eggs in their house this spring — could hardly believe it — and now I wait to see the offspring emerge next March!
Intrigued? Consider purchasing a mason bee house of your own to put up next spring, or check out my instructions and my DIY video explaining how to build one of your own.
Bee-n there, done that? Tell us how your kitchen is already pollinator friendly and you could win a pair of tickets to Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, showing at the Empire Cinema during the Vancouver International Film Fest on Oct. 6 at 8:45 p.m. Non-Vancouverites can win a copy of Candace Savage's book, Bees: Nature's little wonders.
How is your kitchen pollinator friendly?
Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green