There are many ways to take action and support positive change toward a more livable future. Here are some organizations that you may choose to support through volunteer service and suggestions for small but important changes you can make in your daily life.
Small Steps toward Making a Big Difference
What can you do to help promote positive change in the food systems that sustain us? Our day-to-day food choices affect our health and the health of the planet. Here are a few suggestions to help you make food choices that promote good health and more sustainable food production systems.
- Visit the Meatless Monday website for recipes, health information and monthly promotions to learn how to reduce your intake of meat and saturated fat.
- Check out the Food System Primer – a collection of short, easy-to-digest readings about topics from farm to fork, peppered with anecdotes and images that bring concepts to life.
- Visit Produce for Better Health Foundation for 5-a-day recipes and tips for getting your recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables.
- Use the Eat Well Guide to locate producers, grocery stores, restaurants and mail-order outlets that offer sustainable meat, including organic.
- Read about the Sustainable Table campaign, which links food purchasing choices to health, protecting the environment, rural communities and animal welfare.
- Use the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch to determine which fish are healthier choices.
- Start your search for farmers markets in your area at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Use the Local Food Directory Resource, which includes national, regional, state and community directory resources for all 50 states, searchable by state.
- Find out what food labels actually mean by visiting the Consumers Union Guide to Environmental Labels.
- Become a member of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), such as the CLF-sponsored CSA at JHSPH.
- Find local farmers’ markets, locations, and hours on the Baltimore Farmers Markets list or the JHU Sustainability Initiative.
- Use the Baltimore Office of Sustainability - Resources List to access a composting guide, resources for urban farmers, greenhouse gas emissions inventory, recycling information, bicycle commuter resource guide, energy saving tips, greening neighborhood guides.
- Improve health and save money by growing fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs using sustainable practices, and use the guide provided by Grow It, Eat It
- Download this chart that lists harvest times for locally grown fruits and vegetables: Maryland’s Harvest Season
- Check out this Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change from the Environmental Working Group.
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In both our research and hands-on work, we collaborate with many organizations, and we encourage you to learn more about them and explore the volunteer opportunities they provide.