ACTION TIPS JULY 2011
       
Buy sustainably produced, fairly traded, and/or socially responsible gifts.
 

Eat sustainably


By choosing locally produced food you can help keep the ocean healthy and bountiful!

Seas the Day

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How we eat determines
to a considerable extent
how the world is used.

Wendell Berry

seas the day Act for the angelfish by eating locally. Visit a local farmer's market this week and take advantage of the season's local harvest. From the tips provided this month, you can learn more about the food you eat; how much energy and resources are needed to grow and harvest crops and raise livestock and how chemicals are used. Buying local also drastically cuts down on the large carbon footprint from shipping food over large distances. As more and more people buy locally, your community will not only benefit economically, but you will also enjoy the benefits of fresh local food and the satisfaction of making choices that are good for your hometown and our ocean.



seas the dayTurn the tide for turtles by knowing your seafood choices. When making seafood decisions there are key things to know when trying to eat sustainably. The species of fish, where it comes from, and how it was caught or farmed all play a role in how sustainable the product is. Some species are being overfished to the brink of extinction, some fishing practices kill up to 700% more unwanted fish and animals than intended which ends up being thrown overboard, and some fish farms are damaging to natural ecosystems. Do a little research before you buy and don't be shy to ask. Some seafood has higher level of toxins than others; download one of several simple online pocket guides or the new iPhone app to start making "ocean-friendly" choices that will also be healthier for you and your family



seas the dayMake a whale of an effort by educating those around you. Most people don’t know about the threats that face our world’s ocean and its great diversity of life, and that our lives depend on a healthy ocean. You can multiply your good for the planet by talking with friends and neighbors, or helping your place of work or worship become more conscientious on these issues. If you have children, you can help them understand where their food comes from, maybe even visit a nearby farm or a fishing wharf, or start your own small vegetable garden. Investing time in helping your children eat healthy and better understand where their food comes from will pay dividends in their lifetimes.


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