We’ve reviewed many resources that focus on sustainable products, and we’re on the right track with the products we use. But because most Americans still eat more processed food than fresh, there’s plenty of room for improvement. Take a look at Food&WaterWatch.org’s Factory Farm Map for a snapshot of how concentrated factory farms are in certain areas—which means more concentrated pollution in local lands and waterways.

Sustainably grown food supports environmental health, worker welfare and wages, and small farm viability, as well as taste and nutrition. Many universities across the nation are doing their part like Stanford and Emory Universities. And, the government is doing their part—the USDA promotes sustainable agricultural systems on farms and ranches that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities.

So what to do during downtime of our CSAs and Farmers’ Markets? Choose your healthful alternatives by shopping online. For red meat eaters, grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic free is the only way to go. While loading up your shopping cart, add The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat as a stocking stuffer for all your meat-eating pals.

Looking for pork, poultry, bison, goat or rabbit for the table? Check out Heritage Foods USA and start shopping! You can get your spices, artisanal cheeses, snacks and Christmas shopping all done online right here. Heritage Foods helps to preserve farmers’ food traditions and those who farm sustainably.

A simple idea to get your local restaurant or supermarket or grocer to carry more sustainable foods is to give them an “I Care” calling card. Of course, it’s always easier to just politely suggest! There are lots of ideas on this website to help take action and make a difference.

Something to keep in mind as you begin your shopping for those big holiday meals is that everyone deserves good, healthy, fresh food grown through sustainable practices.

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