Photo: How to lower your foodprint

Renu’s husband, Tom, and son, Coen, now enjoy homemade bread and canned goodies.

Your "foodprint" — the choices you make about what you eat — can make as big a difference for the environment as how you get around.

This fall, a team of Queen of Green coaches are helping a community of Canadian families go from ordinary to extraordinary when it comes to eating more sustainably. You read how they tackled waste. Prepare to be inspired as they reduce their foodprints during Module 2 (of 4)! (Go ahead, be a copycat.)

Meet Renu, Tom and son, Coen, of B.C.

Renu aims to do:

  • More home cooking
  • Fine-tune composting
  • Grow more food
  • She courageously advocated for healthier choices at her son's daycare and tries hard to provide edibles without packaging when it's her day to contribute.

Thanks Queen of Green Coach Cynthia for offering meaningful things to do!

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Meet Shannon and Rosie of Alberta

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Their family has many foodprint goals:

  • Shannon did a farm tour of Sunworks and fell in love with their passion for raising organic, grass-fed animals. She aims to buy eggs, chicken, turkey and milk from their booths at local farmers markets and, now more food-mile conscious, will no longer buy produce grown in the U.S. that's available locally.
  • She's downloaded a copy of the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 foods to help her choose more organic produce.
  • Armed with new BentGo containers, she now packs a litterless lunch instead of eating out or using disposable dishes and cutlery.
  • She made apricot and raspberry jam and dill pickles for the first time ever and plans to can foods from her own garden next year.
  • After a good first summer of vegetables, she's already planning next year's food garden.

    Thanks Queen of Green Coach Judith for having the courage to lead!

Families coached by Kerri of Quebec aim to:

  • Home cook more meals
  • Buy more organic food
  • Reduce food waste by meal planning, freezing and canning
  • Eat vegetarian 3 times a week
  • Choose local, seasonal and organic food baskets from Lufa farms
  • Buy organic milk, yogurt and eggs from happy chickens
  • Buy organic meat from local farms with high animal welfare standards
  • Learn about sustainable seafood options
  • Make baby food from fresh, organic ingredients and the freeze it
  • Stop using plastic wrap

What do you need help with to lower your household "foodprint"?

Sincerely,
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green

November 17, 2014
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/queen-of-green/2014/11/how-to-lower-your-foodprint/

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Jan 06, 2015
11:24 AM

While factory farming is abhorrent in every way, therre is no such thing as “happy exploitation”. Animals want to live just as you and I do. They don’t want their babies stolen, and they surely don’t want to stand in the kill line, frantic, frothing at the mouth, defacating in terror as they listen to the screams of those before them.

The environmental devastation caused by farming the 60 BILLION land animals annually slaughtered (toxic algae blooms, ocean dead zones, habitat loss, soil and groundwater pollution, and 15-18% of anthropogenic ghg’s-more than the entire global translation sector) is egregious and unnecessary. Surely our tastebuds are not more important than climate change, and the lives of those who desperately want to live.

Humans do not need to eat animals to thrive. Animals are not ours to use. <3

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