I thought I would redeem myself on Monday, since I would be passing by a Whole Foods on the way to a doctor appointment. For sure, Whole Foods would save me! Well, their food was certainly from the whole planet. Signs proudly proclaimed “water chestnuts from
Thailand” and “blueberries from ”. So much of the produce was flown in from exotic places that in that cornucopia of healthy food, I wound up with two organic Chile apples and a bunch of bananas. I know there was local produce there somewhere, but it wasn’t like there was a banner flying. I do have to admit that when I got to the aisles there were local foods prominently displayed and marked by big shelf tags. The problem was there were very few and what there was, was very expensive. A jar of local honey was $9.99. Washington
So what does all this mean other than my whining? It means I have to take smaller steps. That’s the whole point of this blog anyway, right? Break the big problems and hard solutions into small manageable pieces. So rather than become a locavore just yet, I will break food choices into groups and try making local choices for that group. Since I’m still really busy and feeling like an environmental failure, I’m going to go with the easiest group (for me) first. I don’t eat much meat to begin with and I know I’ve seen organic and local at a couple of nearby stores, so I’m going to take a much smaller step. This week I will eat local meats. Ah, much better.
On a completely different note, I’ve been receiving lots of information about sustainable Valentine’s. Here are some ideas:
Sustainable flowers, wreaths and chocolates
Adopt a beautiful place:
Green gift guide from Treehugger:
Organic chocolate companies: