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.
Turn 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
Make 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