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What can you do?

Do you know where the food you eat comes from? Want to be an active part of the food system? Here are some ways to get involved and make the best choices for your body and the environment.

Visit a Farmers’ Market
What kind of foods grow in your community? Farmers’ markets are a great place to learn where foods comes from, support the farmers who grow food locally, not to mention find the freshest fruits and veggies. You can reduce your carbon footprint by walking or cycling to your nearest community farmers’ market.

Know Your Ingredients
Not all foods are created equal. Read the nutritional information and ingredients on packaged foods, and think critically about any nutritional claims from the food manufacturer. You can go online or use a dictionary to look up any ingredients you’ve never heard of. If you know what goes into your food, you’ll be able to make healthier eating choices.

Be a Backyard Star
A home compost is a great way to recycle food waste and reduce the amount of garbage you send to landfills—by up to one-third! Even better, the compost and humus you create can be used to make healthier backyard soil for growing your own vegetables and plants. You’ll want to ask an adult to help you get started. More information about home composting can be found through the Compost Education Centre.

Get Cooking
Where do your favorite foods come from? In the produce area of the grocery store, look for labels, signs and stickers to see how far your food has traveled. Remember, food grown close to where you live is fresher and has a lower carbon footprint. Foods that are labeled “organic” are produced without pesticides, so they put fewer chemicals back into the soil.

Speak Up!
Most people don’t know where the majority of their food comes from, and sometimes that information can be difficult to find. Ask teachers, parents and even your grocer for information about making choices that are good for your body and the environment.

 

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