Sunday, May 8, 2011

"50 Easy Ways to Eat Green" Adapted from Bon Appetit - Feb 09 Issue

So yeah, some of them are lame / too extreme.  But it's always nice to know and pick out a few to apply.  
I bolded things that I like/do, I italicized my comments, and I grayed stuff I won't be doing.

1. Eat fair trade organic chocolate
good idea - more expensive, i'll eat less, and it'll be a treat. plus i don't like the way hershey's tastes anymore
2. Boil Once, cook twice: (ie: boil noodles, then poach shrimp/fish... toss with olive oil, tada!)
3. Fill up your freezer: uses less energy
4. Read in Defense of Food (shorter than Omni's Dilemma)
5. Eat Bison: best way to save a species is to eat it.  
6. Ask a farmer if they are

  • certified organic
  • if not, use organic practices? (b/c organic certs. are expensive/lengthy)
  • if not, non-synthetic pesticides?
  • if pesticides, minimal spraying?
If they answer yes to any of these questions, it means they're being conscientious.. sure.

7. Every time you peek into an oven, it loses 25-50F
8. (How to) buy a side of beef

  1. Find a group to go with (about 4-6 families since a side of beef ~200lb after butchering).  Each family will get ~50lbs for about $4.50/lb
  2. Make sure you have storage space - Energy star-rated chest freezer
  3. Ask around at a farmer's market for a local producer or go to
  4. Look for grass-fed beef and arrange to get it delivered to a nearby slaughterhouse
  5. Choose cuts: standard side of beef breaks down to about 10 roasts, 30 steaks, and 50 lb ground.

9. cook more often 
(no shiza sherlock)
10.  Roast a whole chicken (less processing, less packaging = less waste; use left over bones to make own stock and save a can)
Don't know how much saving 1 can would do for the environment...but yeah!
11.  Use less electricity by being better with your knife - stop using a food processor 
(or go for a manual one like this; we got a pretty good one from Korea- easy salsa, easy garlic mincing)
12.  Eat alaskan wild salmon:
13.savor sardines   If you want something less fishy:
(ooh the korean in me loves me some kkongchi!)
14. Get nuts/grains from bulk bin section: less packaging/processing
15. Plant heirloom veggie garden (
16. Learn how to read a a label

  • Product of USA (greener than global = you know where it's from)
  • Local (closer the better)
  • Organic (free from chemical pesticides)
  • Natural (doesn't mean much: just means that no artifical ingerdients or colors)
  • Free-Range (means they have "access" to outdoors, but usually overcrowded/dirty pen - not really green)
  • Certified Humane Raised and Handled (super green)
  • Fair Trade Certified (requires companies pay fair prices to farmers/producers who treat workers well and cultivate land sustainably) -

17. Barramundi: a US-raised white fish
18. Make your own coffee

19. Recycle take-out containers and reuse sturdier ones 
Sometimes reusing the plastic is actually not good for you...
20. make stock with leftover veggies from veggie bin
21. Make your own cereal
22.  Join a CSA:
(I am a part of farm fresh to you.  So far so good!)
23.  Eat American cheese!

  • artisan: made in small batches w/ special attn to trad'l art of cheesemaking
  • farmstead: cheese is from milk from the farmer's own flock/heard

24.  When buying fish, text fishphone: 30644 with word FISH followed by the name of the fish you want to buy: it tells you if the variety is good for you/world
25.  Veg out
meatless mondays, anyone?
26. Turn off lights when you leave the kitchen
see comment #9
27.  Clean with nontoxic, organic soap ( (
28. Start composting
mayyyybe..... it's a loooot of work...
29. Eat grass-fed beef
mayyyybe.... i heard it actually doesn't taste that good b/c we're used to corn-fed.  I'm just limiting overall beef consumption
30. Become an urban forager (
LOL - my parents were doing this before it was hip
31.  Eat Sustainable shrimp
32.  Eat free food
See comment #9
33. = get on their mail list
34.  eat sustainable sushi (
35.  Become a locavore: eat foods that have been grown/produced near your home (
This would suck if you didn't live in CA
36.  Bike
37.  Support your local green restaurant (
38.  Get a stainless steel lunch box (like Bento!)
39.  Eat more tofu
(but i also heard if guys eat too much, they're estrogen levels will fly up)
40.  Don't let tea water get scalding/whistling hot: bring it only to a boil
41.  Use your dishwasher efficiently  (energy star-rated are even better)
42. Reuse plastic bags OR get a good grocery tote
43.  Mix your drinks:  Try boxed wine (
44.  Take the leftovers to go
wow, you can really tell this magazine is for rich people... of COURSE you take the leftovers home!
45.  Pack a lunch
46.  Support your local winemaker
47.  Read Edible Estates: to see how to turn lawns into productive vegetable gardens
48.  Eat the greens of the plant instead of throwing them away
49.  Plan your paper use (ie use washcloths instead of paper towels)
50.  Recycle the magazine.

From this list I realized, Asians were green WAY before it was cool to be green.  Simply because we're industrious, wastenotwantnot people... who pickle EVERYTHING instead of throwing it away.

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