Sustainable Food

SUSTAINABLE-259x360Working with noted environmental publishing company Chelsea Green, I authored a new addtion to their popular series of "Green Guides." Much research went into this compact manual on how to choose foods that are healthy for you and the planet without busting your grocery budget.

Sustainable Food: How to Buy Right and Spend Less helps the average shopper make savvy choices, whether strolling the aisles of a modern supermarket or foraging at a local farmers market. It also examines how our food choices affect climate change, soil conservation and the epidemics of obesity and disease in our society.

This down-to-earth, casual guide—small enough to slip into your pocket—answers these and other questions:

• What are the differences among organic, local, fair-trade, free-range, naturally raised, and biodynamic foods?

• How affordable is it to subscribe to a CSA farm—and what are the advantages?

• Is it better to choose wild Alaskan salmon at $18.99, or the Chilean farmed fish at $11.99?

• What cooking oils can be sustainably sourced?

• How can a food co-op increase access to, and affordability of, healthier, Earth-friendly foods?

• Where can you find sustainably produced sugar, and are there any local replacements for sweeteners from faraway lands?

• What do the distinctions between shade-grown and trellised coffee mean?

• Is shark okay to eat? How about mackerel?

• Why is the war on plastic bags so important?
Follow the link for an excerpt from Sustainable Food: Off the Meaten Path