The choices we make about the foods on our plate greatly impact the environment. The good news is that with a few small changes in the way you eat, grocery shop and discard food waste you can do your part to protect the earth. Use these tips to be more Earth-minded in April and beyond.
Fruits and vegetables that are in season often have fewer miles to travel from field to store which helps to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Purchasing seasonal produce usually costs less too. In our produce department you’ll find a variety of seasonal produce all year-round with an abundance of locally-grown offerings through the spring and summer months. To identify the peak season for your favorite fruits and veggies, visit fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org
Remake Your Plate
Eating meatless and plant-based meals that focus on whole grains, produce, beans, nuts, lentils and oils, while limiting meat portions to the recommended four-ounce serving can help reduce the environmental impact of the typical American diet. Enhance the flavor of plant-based meals with new Filippo Berio® Organic Olive Oil that’s certified to strict USDA organic standards. It has a robust and fruity flavor and deep green color that shines in all of your everyday recipes.
Compost to Reduce Waste
Americans throw away an average of 20 dollars’ worth of food each month. Much of this wasted food ends up in a landfill where it releases potent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. Take action against food waste in your home and try composting to help conserve landfill space. Composting is the process of turning organic matter, such as food scraps and kitchen waste like fruit and vegetable peelings, tea leaves, coffee grounds and crushed egg shells into a nutrient-rich soil that can be used to nourish plant life. To learn more about composting, visit epa.gov.
Sprout® Organic Foods are made with certified organic ingredients and contain no preservatives, artificial colors, flavors or other additives. For babies and toddlers, Sprout® grows with your child to provide a balance of wholesome and organic vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and proteins, encouraging a love of healthy foods right from the start. And look for their Fruit & Veggie Squeezable Snacks to fuel older kids and even adults.
Organic White Forest Honey is the newest addition to the Golden Blossom® Honey collection. This unique blend of three organic honeys is sourced from the White Forest of northeastern Brazil where heavy rainfall from January to May results in a landscape full of exotic flowers and an abundance of honeybees. It has a rich color and a full-bodied, intensely sweet flavor. Like their other honeys, it’s perfect for use in baking recipes or to sweeten tea, oatmeal, plain yogurt, salad dressings, sauces and more.
Going organic just got easier! Look for this icon and others like Gluten Free, No Added Sugar, Heart Healthy and Vegan on pricing tags to identify foods that fit your lifestyle throughout the store. To learn more about our new Nutri-Facts program, pick up a brochure in stores or visit the Healthy Living section of our website.
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