Food & Dining

Food and Dining

You are what you eat.  Literally.  And what you choose to eat affects your community, from the health of its economy to what the landscape will look like in twenty years.  It also affects all those who planted, picked, or processed your food before it came to your table.  And you make these choices three times a day, every day!  This makes it a powerful opportunity for voting with your dollars.



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Due largely to the  increased use of fossil fuels,  our food system in the U.S. has shifted from small family owned farms to factory style industrial farming. This shift has resulted in a heavy reliance on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and the trend toward genetically modified crops.  The result is a food system marked by energy inefficiency, artificial hormones in our meat and dairy, antibiotic resistant bacteria, and e-coli outbreaks.  In addition, government subsidies favor single crop monoculture, that depletes the nutrients in the soil, and therefore, in our food.  For all these reasons, our current food system is unsustainable, and potentially dangerous to our health.


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Turkey Recall

Headlines about the 36 million pounds of ground turkey that has been recalled by the giant meat company, Cargill, have failed to answer the most important questions:  Why is there salmonella in our turkey?  And why are people dying from … Continue reading



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Top Ten Tips for Sustainable Eating

  1. Buy a share at a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm.
  2. Shop at your local farmer's market in season.
  3. Grow some of your own food, in a backyard or community garden.
  4. Learn to "put up" seasonal food for year around local fare (canning, freezing, drying)
  5. Shop at your local health food store.
  6. Buy certified organic products.
  7. Buy fair-trade products (especially bananas, chocolate, olive oil, tea, and coffee)
  8. Buy local products.
  9. Get to know your farmer, and ask questions about the food you buy:  What kind of fertilizer or pesticides does the farmer use?  What do the animals eat?  Are they pastured? Does the farmer inject animals with growth hormones or antibiotics? Is the produce, meat, dairy certified organic?  If not, why?
  10. Eat less meat, or buy only local and/or pasture raised meat and dairy.



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Find Sustainably Grown Food in Northwest Michigan


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