The challenges posed by climate change are getting more and more apparent by the day. These tumultuous times pose some major questions about a topic near and dear to our hearts (and stomachs): food, and where we get it. How can we shift our food systems towards a sustainable future? How can we start becoming better informed about where our food comes from?
Food systems in the US accounts for nearly 16% of national fossil fuel use, and that's largely due to the distance traveled to get on your plate. One major step in the right direction is to seek out and support local farms that prioritize environmental responsibility, like Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastopole, CA. Their commitment to growing crops without use of farm machinery means that their soil retains much more moisture - and, following that, means that they use much less water in a drought-stricken state. Here's a deep dive into just how that works!
Let's be real, almost no one is 100% eco-perfect all the time. But shifting how we think about our food consumption is a great way to integrate environmental consciousness into your day-to-day, and it's never too late to start!
Looking for a farmer's market near you? The US Department of Agriculture has a directory for just that purpose.
If you want to try and take things even further, why not join your local community garden -- or even start one of your own? Learning how to grow your own food is not only good for the environment but good for the soul, too. A quick search of "community garden + [your city]" is all you need to get started. The network of National Garden Clubs is another great resource!