Eat Food that is in Season: Tip for Sustainable Living

Therefore strive that your actions day by day
may be beautiful prayers.
……………………………………—‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Monthly tips about sustainable living are designed to inspire you to adapt them to your personal circumstances and locale and to help you generate other ideas about how to live a more responsible life, socially and environmentally. If we all pitch in by individually reducing our consumption and adopting a simpler life, we can collectively mitigate the severity of climate change, reduce human suffering, and keep the Earth a livable place for future generations.—CHRISTINE MULLER

Eat Food that is in Season

Tasty carrots are in season all year long

Tasty carrots are in season all year long
Photo from snaped.fns.usda.gov/

Nowadays, grocery stores look almost the same all year long. You can buy peaches and strawberries even in January. Why does it matter what we eat? Well, have you eaten a peach or strawberry in winter? Usually, they don’t taste good. Also, some physicians say food grown in season is healthier. There may be more nutrients and fewer chemicals. Food grown in season is often less expensive because at the peak of the season there is more supply. While these are some good arguments to consider, they may not be that compelling. The most important reason is that by our food choices we collectively have an influence on whether our grandchildren will have any food to eat. Why? Climate change is affecting agriculture and will have an even more harmful impact in the future because it causes droughts, heatwaves, floods, unpredictable rainfall, increasing pests, and decreasing pollinators. When we eat food that is in season, it is more likely that it has not traveled halfway around the globe, so we can avoid some carbon emissions that cause climate change. And by choosing seasonal produce, we support local agriculture on which we may increasingly be dependent. So enjoy the tasty fruit and vegetables that are in season now—in the US for example: blueberries, cucumbers, peaches, and zucchini!

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UPCOMING TIPS
Save and Reuse Produce Bags
What is Clean? Wear Clothes More than Once Before Washing

TIPS BY CATEGORIES

Food
Why Eat Organic?
Eat Lower on the Food Chain
Considering Social Justice in Making Food Choices
Give Up Bottled Water—Go Back to the Tap!
Eat Less Beef
Eat Food that is in Season

Home
Shower Less—Cleanliness in the 21st Century
Avoid Plastics
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
Recycle Right!
Avoid Single-Use (Disposable) Items
Save Money, Save the Planet by Insulating Your House
Go Solar!
Hang Your Laundry Out to Dry for the Children of the World
Buy Clean Energy
Do a Home Energy Audit!
Search as Service on the Web (Use Ecosia and Plant a Tree)
Clean Safely—Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Your House
Air Conditioning and Moderation

Yard
The Bees and We
Ethical and Easy Lawns
The Joy of Gardening
Do Not Kill—Avoid Toxic Weed Killers in Your Garden and Yard

Transportation
Let’s Go for a Walk or Bike Ride or Car Pool to Meetings
Do Not Idle Your Vehicle
Use a local Car-Share Service

Shopping
Purchase Mindfully—Do I Really Need it?
Shop Smart, Buy in Bulk
Buy Second-Hand Clothing
Choose Reusable Shopping Bags
Shop Locally, Support Local Agriculture

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