Monday, March 18, 2013

Change the Food System

10 Things You Can Do To Change The Food System

-via a recent Facebook share we found this  Source:

We may not agree with each one of these, however I can see quite a few that we personally take part in to help our commUNITY and local food system!!!

1. Drink fewer sodas and sweetened beverages - If you replace one 20-ounce soda a day with a no-calorie beverage (preferably water), you could lose 25 pounds in a year.

2. Eat at home instead of eating out - Children consume almost twice as many calories when eating food made outside the home.

3. Tell schools to stop selling sodas and junk food - Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 years old

4. Meatless Mondays. Go meatless at least one day a week - An estimated 70 percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are given to farm animals.

5. Buy organic or sustainable foods with little to no pesticide use - The EPA says more than 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the U.S.

6. Protect family farms by visiting your local farmers' market or work with your local buying club - Farmers' markets & Buying Clubs enable farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the customer.

7. Make a point to know where your food comes from by reading labels - The average meal travels 1,500 miles from the farm to your dinner plate

8. Tell your lawmakers that food safety is important to you - Each year, contaminated food causes millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths.

9. Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protection - Poverty among farm workers is more than twice that of all wage and salary employees.Tell your lawmakers that food safety is important to you

10. Support the passage of state and local laws to require chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards - Half of the large chain restaurants do not provide any nutrition information  to their customers.

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