What Is 'Sustainable' Food and Why — and How — Should You Cook It?
What do sustainability and our world’s current population have to do with milkmen and cheap candy? It’s not necessarily a simple answer, but we’ll do our best to explain the way that we see things, here and in the accompanying slideshow. As the population has increased, our planet’s climate has changed. You can try to say it hasn't, but simple science (read as observations) will prove you wrong. The changing climate has brought about a relatively new emphasis on producing and purchasing products that have been made with the environment’s health in mind, but this doesn’t always come at a low price tag.
The value of the dollar isn’t what it used to be (if you can find penny candy somewhere, please let us know), and with that we are paying often ridiculously high prices for organic foods that are healthiest for us and the environment. Additionally, with an increase in focus on the planet’s health comes an increase in focus on the humane treatment of animals. While some people have given up eating animals and their byproducts altogether (shout out to all of our vegan friends out there), others are seeking animal foods that are raised humanely, with labels like "free-range," "wild-caught," or "cage-free." We’re not sure where your grandma’s milkman’s milk was sourced, but there’s a chance that contemporary animal rights activists wouldn’t have approved.
With all of this in mind, we’re going to do our best to define some key terms related to sustainable food, identify the key reasons why sustainable practices are good for both you and the environment, and teach you a little bit about how to use foods in a sustainable way.