Whether as individuals, retail restaurants or in the corporate dining or school cafeteria environment, we’ve all become more focused on sustainability. How many times have we heard the phrases “locally sourced” or “farm to table?” As a trusted contract foodservices management company, we know that, more and more, we are realizing that we all have a responsibility when it comes to taking care of our planet. We’re all accountable, and many are making an effort in promoting a healthier planet by changing how they eat. We’ve included a few tips for sustainable eating below.
Buy foods grown locally. You can find fresh fruits and vegetables at many farmers markets, along with seasonal produce. The great thing about buying locally is you can learn so much about the growing and harvesting process, and have fun preparing delicious new dishes!
Consume less meat. Whether beef or pork, raising cows and pigs requires a substantial amount of food, land, and water – not to mention, energy. Producing meat also contributes substantially to greenhouse gas emissions.
Rethink your grocery list. Plant-based meals, and those that are minimally processed, are not only healthy – most require less packaging. Buy foods in bulk, and those containing fewer or zero artificial ingredients. More companies than ever before are focusing on reduced waste and sustainability, so this isn’t too difficult.
Drink water from your own tap. Bottled water has been a big deal, but there’s really nothing big about it. It’s easy to filter your own tap water and refill bottles you have, rather than buying bulk bottled water – which, by the way, requires lots of fossil fuel. Think of how heavy liquids are when it comes to shipping, and where all those plastic bottles eventually end up when people don’t recycle. Tap your own tap!
Grow your own produce and spices. Whether you have a good plot of land or just a few planters, every little thing you do helps when it comes to sustainability. From tomatoes, thyme and rosemary (for those who have little space), to potatoes, onions, cabbage and more (for those who do), growing your own food can be fun – and you’ll take pride in the fact that you did it yourself.
Restaurants, corporations and educational systems should give more thought to offering more plant-based and locally sourced foods – not only for the health of consumers, but the sustainability of our planet. At Gourmet Services Inc., our foodservice management team believes in quality, fresh, healthy ingredients and foods that promote better health. Let us help with your retail restaurant, corporate dining or other needs!