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Do you pay attention to the source of your food? Most food items list their country of origin and often the state if they are from the United States. If you live in the Northeast, think about the environmental impact of eating a Pineapple. Although they are tasty – that fruit was harvested from a tree in Costa Rica (that was likely planted in a field which natural tropical forest was destroyed), trucked from the field to the port, shipped from the port to Florida, trucked or sent via train to a local distribution center, then re-trucked to your store…How about choosing some blueberries or many varieties of apples which are grown relatively locally. Farmers markets are often chock full of locally grown produce. Check the label on your orange juice too – are they using Florida oranges or are they from another country.
Thinking more about the choices we make in the store can add up to a big change. You’re essentially sending a message to the stores and manufacturers that you want to buy items that are packaged in a more responsible way and originate from a more local source.