What Is Sustainable Food?

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You’ve probably seen many restaurants and grocery stores tout sustainability on their menus and in product descriptions, but what is sustainable food really? And why does it matter? Here’s a breakdown of the most important information you need to know to shop, cook and eat sustainable foods.

First, sustainability is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as, "the ability to maintain or improve standards of living without damaging or depleting natural resources for present and future generations." You can take this definition and apply it to your understanding of sustainable food: Think about sustainable food as the growth, production, distribution and consumption of food products that keep the environment in mind. It’s important to remember that sustainability encompasses every aspect of the food system, not just buying organic produce or shopping at your farmers’ market.


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