Sustainability. What does it mean? To me, it's rethinking everything we do. Surely you have heard the term thrown around "rethink" somewhere in the material you have read pertaining to our green movement. I feel like most of the time it has to do with energy usage in our homes or personal waste management. I think the Slow Food Movement, Locavores, and the Organic Consumers Association would agree that we should rethink our food.
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I am off the fruit till noon kick right now and onto more of a dry cereal or toast kick. While I was cutting up a banana to put on my cereal, I realized that bananas are never local to California, never and most likely never will be … bananas grow in tropical locations. "Wow" I thought, "I could probably do without bananas" is what I reasoned though admittedly, I have am not gone with my bananas yet So, I haven't done anything about it yet, but at least I am now aware. Surely, I can live without them but I still feel like I want them and why is that? Well, I believe a lot of that has to do with the way I grew up. I was told bananas have potassium; basically bananas are good for me. I grew up putting bananas on my cereal, on my ice cream sundaes, maybe on toast with peanut butter.
I grew up seeing bananas at every single grocery store, every special occasion buffet, and on any restaurant's menu I would go to for breakfast. Although somewhere in my mind I have always known that bananas are not from the U.S., it almost seemed as if they were -I mean why not? Bananas were and are still everywhere. We have been trained to think that bananas perhaps are a staple either by our upbringing in the home, or by the chefs that create menus at our restaurants. Chefs should rethink all of this too! I cannot think of anything off hand that could supplant bananas as far as taste, texture, goes but surely I can get my potassium from locally grown organic spinach, winter squash, oranges, apricots, and avocados. I might not be ready right now, but I'm pretty sure I can train myself to live without carbon footprint heavy bananas and I'm pretty sure if they were dropped off menus, after a couple of generations, no one would notice.
Although I am talking about bananas, I challenge you to look at your food and your life generally. You can start by asking what you are eating that might not be sustainable and that may have a better alternative. I eat mainly vegan but I'm not because I still eat fish occasionally. I use the Sustainable Seafood Guide app when I go out to restaurants but I had not thought much about where my fish was coming from if I bought it from a store. Typically we buy from Whole Foods anyway if we are buying fish, but today I read, a Huffington Post article about Greenpeace's scoring on top chain grocery store sustainable fish buying standards. Whole Foods passes, but Target! actually had the best grade. Costco, on the other hand, failed miserably. I know several people that buy their fish at Costco. Now I will spread the word and I definitely will not eat it if it comes from there.
So I challenge you to do the same, continue on your path and continue to pay attention. What can you do better today? What are you noticing that might not be the best option? Can you change it? Can you live without it? Will you do it?
So let's go bananas letting go of our attachments like … bananas!