The Pea Invisibility Cloak

October 29, 2009

Whoo hoo! Another week of classes – and commutes to Winthrop – bites the dust.

I paid my visit to EarthFare and picked up my free bag of honeycrisps with a Berry Blast Smoothie! It was made with banana, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, soy milk and hemp protein. It held me over from 4:30-8. Nice job!

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When I did walk in the door, I was ready to eat a loaf of bread though!

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I prepared a bowl of Dr. McDougall’s Split Pea Soup Broth

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I found lots of carrots and onions (super cooked and flavorless to my advantage!) but WHERE WERE THE PEAS!??!? I like my split pea to be thick, so I was pretty disappointed in this one. But I have to say, the flavor was pretty good. But on the other, other hand, it was SUPER salty. 400 mg of sodium in just 1 serving…and I had the whole box. Better glug some H2O!

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I served the soup with a pile of High Five Fiber cubes and about 6 Kashis at the bottom of my box

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Dessssssssert! Had to finish off my beautiful cupcakes. They were on their last leg

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But they were just as scrumptious!

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FOOD, INC, DVDfoodinc

I’ve got a VIP giveaway to announce – Stonyfield has snagged me a pre-release copy of the Food, Inc DVD to giveaway!

I saw the movie back on August 4th (see my post here!) and appreciate how much awareness the film raised with all the buzz and publicity. We were |this close| to having Gary Hirschberg (Stonyfield‘s CEO) speak at the Healthy Living Summit!

To enter, leave a comment sharing what choices you make to "vote" with your grocery cart (or reusable bag) for a more sustainable and greener food industry.

NOTE: Please save your questions for the morning post, as I won’t be responding to them on this one.

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1 laura October 29, 2009 at 8:46 pm

have you ever tried amy’s split pea soup? it comes in a lower sodium version and it is really good!

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2 Kath October 29, 2009 at 8:47 pm

I don’t remember. I generally avoid canned soups because I can taste the can + onion, but perhaps I will give it a try. I used to like Health Choice’s Split Pea.

Kath

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3 laura October 29, 2009 at 8:47 pm

I might of submitted that twice.sorry, was having complications with my blog link.

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4 Autumn Tao October 29, 2009 at 8:47 pm

I buy as much organic food/produce as possible, and in the summer I buy almost exclusively from an organic family farm up the road. My husband and I buy chips & snacks from the nature section of our food store and give our support smaller companies. All dairy and eggs are organic, and a huge portion of our food is vegan.

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5 coco October 29, 2009 at 8:47 pm

bring my own reusable bag! :D

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6 Emily G October 29, 2009 at 8:48 pm

my housemates and I bring like 5 reusable bags (there are 4 of us so it helps A LOT with groceries!)

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7 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 29, 2009 at 8:48 pm

I vote with my shopping cart by getting cage-free eggs and organic produce when possible/affordable. I have scaled back my meat consumption since watching Food Inc.

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8 Food Makes Fun Fuel October 29, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I buy local and organic when it’s a desirable option
Lovely cupcakes!

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9 Alicia October 29, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I bring my own reusable bags and also put my produce directly into my bags instead of using the clear produce bags.

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10 greenbean October 29, 2009 at 8:50 pm

i vote for organic when possible, i vote by purchasing way less meat or making sure the meat is raised humanely and sustainably, and i vote by making smarter seafood choices.

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11 Julie @savvyeats October 29, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I buy my produce from the Farmer’s Market (when I can… not much is in season in the winter here!)! And I walk/jog to the Farmer’s Market 95% of the time, too.

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12 Jen October 29, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I try to only shop at natural food shops and farmers markets. I love to support my local produce! I also will only buy grass fed meat (when I buy it, which is rare). Food Inc definitely changed the way I look at food. I always bring reusable bags!

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13 Allie October 29, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Cage-free eggs; organic hormone-free happy cow milk; and lately I don’t put my produce in bags . . . I just put them all lose in the cart (a friend from the UK showed me, I never even thought of not putting all my apples in another bag . . . although ya’ll may be ahead of me already). P.S. Kath you rock!

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14 Katy H October 29, 2009 at 8:53 pm

I vote by buying organic when I can, but I stick with certain items because the purse strings don’t allow for 100% organic. Organic milk is one thing I must get!

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15 Danica October 29, 2009 at 8:53 pm

I walk to the farmers market when its open and always bring my own reusable bags!

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16 Laura October 29, 2009 at 8:53 pm

i bring my own bags and shop the perimeter of the grocery store. no processed foods for me :)

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17 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 29, 2009 at 8:53 pm

I bring my own reusable bags, and lucky for me, my neighborhood farmers market run from May – December!

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18 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 29, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I’ve never been the biggest split pea fan, but I completely agree with Laura that Amy’s isn’t too bad! You should definitely give it a try.

I always try to buy my produce local and organic, as well as ALWAYS buying my milk and meat organic. It definitely makes me feel better knowing that what I put into my body was handled correctly through the entire process.

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19 Alison October 29, 2009 at 8:55 pm

I try to buy as much as possible at at our local farmer’s market, which totally rocks – open every day! (Raleigh, NC). The BEST produce, BEST price, and local – can’t beat that!

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20 ashleigh October 29, 2009 at 8:55 pm

i hope you enjoyed the last of your birthday cupcakes.

i recently started buying organic fruits and veggies from trader joe’s.

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21 Lauri October 29, 2009 at 8:55 pm

I ‘vote’ by shopping at an ‘all local farmer’s market’ every Sat and by using my reusable bags!!!

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22 Liz October 29, 2009 at 8:55 pm

I try to vote with my shopping cart by going to my local farmers market for produce and my trying to by ethically raised meat. I also don’t buy many processed or packaged foods, so thusly I’m not supporting the big food companies as much. I do what I can, but sometimes, I have to buy into the food companies. I’m reading “Omnivore’s Dilemma” right now, and would love to be enlightened even more by watching Food Inc. Great giveaway Kath!

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23 Erika October 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I use reusable bags, limit my plastic ‘produce’ bags, and buy local as much as possible!

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24 CATIEDIDIT October 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I really want to see that movie…I usually take my own bags, buy organic, but more importantly, buy local! Even if I’m at the grocery store, I buy milk from the local dairy (they sell it at the store)…

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25 kay (eating machine) October 29, 2009 at 8:57 pm

i buy local food when i can-stick to in season fruits and veggies most of the time

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26 Lindsay October 29, 2009 at 8:57 pm

I make an effort to by local and organic when I can.

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27 Tina October 29, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Organic milk and fruits as I can… I always use my reusable shopping bags or request to have “no bag” and just carry my purchases if I just have 1 or 2 items

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28 Krissy (Single Serving) October 29, 2009 at 8:57 pm

I always bring my own bags and buy organics when I can. I also look for items that are local and go to the Farmer’s Market.

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29 Becca H October 29, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I like to buy organic produce, dairy and eggs. I try to shop at the farmers market when its open.

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30 Mel October 29, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I eat local produce when I can and only organic meats.

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31 Terese October 29, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Farmer’s Markets!! And Co-op shopping, as well as always having my little folding bag in my purse so I don’t forget it.

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32 VeganTickles October 29, 2009 at 8:59 pm

My husband and I are vegan and we buy Organic products.

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33 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 29, 2009 at 8:59 pm

I buy local food as often as I can!

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34 Mary October 29, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I buy organic produce (for the foods actually affected by pesticides) of course, but I really like buying things like natural cereal and snack foods like that. The natural counterparts are generally prepared in a healthier manner, like they’re not prepared with partially hydrofenated oils or that sort of thing. Even if there isnt a big difference in calories or what not, the ingredients make such a difference…and they usually taste better than the cheapo brands!!

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35 Mama Pea October 29, 2009 at 9:01 pm

I thought this post was about me and how I am now “invisible” with my new incognito blog. How’s that song go? “You’re so vain…I bet you think this post is about you. You’re so vain….”

Off to go put on my Mama Pea Invisibility Cloak….

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36 Julianne October 29, 2009 at 9:07 pm

I thought that the exact same thing!

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37 BethP October 29, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I am committed to buying/eating locally, especially for produce, and shop at my food coop and farmer’s market weekly.

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38 Christy October 29, 2009 at 9:03 pm

We joined a CSA and buy as much as possible from our local farmers market. We also buy organic dairy and meats. Haven’t seen the movie yet, hope I win! Thanks! :)

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39 Becca October 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I fill my reusable bag (a canvas tote I painted when I was 5 years old!) with organic and natural foods.

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40 Kerry October 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I’ve been trying to plan my meals around what’s in season and available at the local produce market, and have definitely cut back on my meat consumption. My next step I think will be switching to organic milk.

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41 Sarah October 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

This movie changed my life. I vote for real food by fully supporting my local farmer’s markets and buying organic when it is available now that I know its true roots.

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42 Meaghen October 29, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I walk to the grocery store with my reusable bags where I stock up on fruits and veggies. I hardly ever eat meat and only have it if I’m with others and can’t avoid it, because of that I don’t buy it for myself. I also try to only buy what I can eat in a week so I’m not wasting food. I avoid processed food like the plague! I make 99% of my food from scratch!!!

I can’t wait to see this movie! I really hope I win!

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43 Pamela October 29, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I shop at Whole Foods and buy alot of locally grown things there. I also like to hit the farmers market on Saturdays.

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44 Stephanie October 29, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I always bring reusable bags when shopping and if by chance I have plastic bags around the house I bring them back to the stores to be recycled.

I admit I have not seen Food, Inc yet … I’m looking forward to having an opportunity to watch it finally.

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45 Julianne October 29, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I think I “vote” with my grocery cart by not buying any animal products as all. I have zero interest in supporting factory farming. I also really try to buy local first and organic as much as possible, even though im on an extremely tight budget!

p.s. I also wanted to say that I LOVE KERF! I’ve been reading for a while now, and it really inspires me to eat more healthy, whole foods. Keep it up!

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46 Tiffany October 29, 2009 at 9:07 pm

I try to buy local produce from farmer’s markets or whenever food is labeled as local at the grocery store, and I am definitely looking out for organic grass-fed meat, while also reducing my consumption of it.

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47 KatieMoo October 29, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I try to buy local and organic whenever possible!

And I always have 5 canvas bags in my car at all time, so I’m always prepared!

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48 Bec October 29, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I try to buy locally as much as possible and eat real food rather then processed!

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49 Olivia October 29, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Lucky for Fredericksburg we just got our first independent butcher who sells local meats and homemade sausages. :) I also try to shop from my local farmers as much as possible. Hopefully next year I can get in on our CSA. :D

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50 Brandy October 29, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Buying organic dairy, avoiding foods with corn syrup and chemicals. I gave up meat except for special occasions (when I buy meat that was raised humanely).

Still working on buying organic produce (so expensive).

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51 von October 29, 2009 at 9:09 pm

I buy very little processed food, therefore, I avoid the packaging. I have a “produce co-op” where I do bulk buying so the other four women and I divide the food out of big boxes into our own reusuable storage containers.

We eat lots of organics.

Husband and I have always been frugal–little waste–which lends itself to being “green”.

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52 jessica October 29, 2009 at 9:09 pm

i buy local produce from the farmers market & downtown meet-ups!! (Sooo much better & FRESH!)

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53 Cynthia (It All Changes) October 29, 2009 at 9:09 pm

I buy almost no packaged foods. I especially avoid the prepackaged individual servings that turn to waste. I like to eat whole foods mostly.

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54 Jessie Bea October 29, 2009 at 9:10 pm

I vote with my shopping cart by shopping without one quite often! I am a big fan of the farmers markets around town (I’m sorry the one you go to is so far away an inconvenient!). I feel much better (and I eat much better too!) when I buy from local farmers.

I also don’t eat meat and use reusable shopping bags! I recently joined a local food co-op where you get 5 cents off your purchase for bringing your own bag!

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55 Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 29, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Yes, I would LOVE to see that film!

I am trying to buy more local produce and I have recently given up eating meat and dairy (essentially vegan) which I know effects the environment.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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56 Angie October 29, 2009 at 9:11 pm

I try to always buy organic and if we buy meat it is always free-range and hormone free.

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57 Janelle October 29, 2009 at 9:11 pm

We buy our eggs and meat from a local organic farmer, our produce from the farms around town (most are organic), and bulk up on items in-season and can/freeze/preserve what we can to get us through the winter.

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58 Jennifer October 29, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I try to buy just what I need… it avoids waste which is good for the environment… and my wallet! :)

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59 Mara @ What's for Dinner? October 29, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I’m pretty broke right now, but I try to buy organic when the price is realistic, but I always use at least one reusable bag, and buy the “refill” packs of things instead of the over-packaged “kit” stuff.

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60 Christina October 29, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I only buy cage free, grass fed meats…otherwise I go vegetarian for the week! I also only buy hormone and antibiotic free dairy.

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61 Melissa October 29, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I pretty much eat all organic fruits, veggies, meat, wild seafood, even organic grains. Also I always use my reuseable bag and eat local as well. Whew!

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62 Katie W October 29, 2009 at 9:12 pm

i cannot always afford to buy 100% organic produce, but i make sure to only purchase organic meat and dairy products. I also bring a reuseable bag when i shop. Great giveaway i would love to see Food Inc.!

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63 Rachel S October 29, 2009 at 9:13 pm

I have really wanted to see this film, but couldn’t find it playing in my area!

I try to buy organic dairy products whenever possible–it’s good to have peace of mind knowing my dairy comes from humanely-treated animals.

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64 Jessica @ JJsVinBlanc October 29, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I participate in a weekly CSA and the 1st CSF (Community Supported Fisheries) in NC. I’m looking forward to watching this movie soon!

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65 Jessica October 29, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I have waiting to see this movie!!!! Choices I make… let’s see. I read my produce labels to see where they’re traveling from and I started a vegetable garden in my backyard.

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66 Danae October 29, 2009 at 9:15 pm

I purchase local when I can, but always organic when it’s available…and I always try to remember bring my reusable bag to the grocery store!

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67 Amy October 29, 2009 at 9:15 pm

I “vote” everyday by buying almost all organic and only buying grass-fed/pastured meats.

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68 Danielle October 29, 2009 at 9:15 pm

I try and buy local produce at the farmers market but when I go to the grocery store I always shop organic!

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69 Wendy October 29, 2009 at 9:17 pm

I use resuable shopping bags to reduce the amount of waste I generate. I like to shop for local produce when I can, to reduce the amount of energy it took to get the food to me. I believe that the most important issues are reducing the amount of energy we use, and providing enough nutritious, high-quality food to feed our world’s growing population.

I have not yet seen Food, Inc., but I work in agriculture (my family owns a dairy farm), and I would really, really like to hear what they say about our industry and the rest of animal agriculture.

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70 amber October 29, 2009 at 9:17 pm

I vote every Opportunity I can. I go to the farmers markets every week, have my garden and at the grocery store if there is organic I buy it. I think this is extremely important and we can make a difference. Even if you can buy one organic item do it, every vote no matter how big or small counts.

Last I watched the Botany of desire a documentary on Micheal Pollan’s book and it one again illustrated how corporations such as McDonalds (the largest buyer of potatoes) rules our farms. That is not going to change unless we make a change in our habits. Anything big or small helps.

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71 Ashley October 29, 2009 at 9:17 pm

I try avoid pre-packaged foods and always bring my reusable bags. I need to get some reusable produce bags though!

Gary Hirschberg is from my hometown : ) My mom taught his son in high school and some of my friends have gotten great internships at Stonyfield. He really is a wonderful guy!!!

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72 Megan Campbell October 29, 2009 at 9:17 pm

I try to buy organic or free-range chickens; I try to use my re-usable bags and don’t take a bag if I don’t need it

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73 Danielle October 29, 2009 at 9:18 pm

I try to buy locally grown organic produce and encourage my friends to do the same :)

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74 Organic Ashley October 29, 2009 at 9:18 pm

I am a vegan which is very kind to the environment. I also get most of the my vegetables from the farmers market or I choose local vegetables from Trader Joe’s.

I have been dying to see this movie!!

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75 Kelly L. October 29, 2009 at 9:20 pm

1) Buy local when possible
2) Resuable Bags
3) Organic for the dirty dozen

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76 Laura October 29, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Kath, in reference to the comment above, I think the Amy’s soup might have once given you a sore tummy. Possibly. It’s embarrassing that I REMEMBER that, sorry, but it’s because it was right about the time that I was really excited to find Amy’s soups in the American section at my New Zealand supermarket, and then I’m pretty sure that you posted that you’d tried it and ended up with a stomachache, so it kind of put me off buying a can, heh.

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77 Caroline October 29, 2009 at 9:21 pm

We buy almost no processed/pre-made food and make everything from scratch, bring re-usable grocery bags when going shopping and try to bike whenever possible.

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78 Suzanne October 29, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I have a set of really cute reusable bags from envirosax. I also just put all my produce in my cart and skip the little plastic bags. People sometimes give me funny looks in the check out line when I pile green peppers willy nilly on the belt, but oh well :)

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79 Meg October 29, 2009 at 9:22 pm

I actually have a bag from Stonyfield – use it for carrying books/grocerys/everything!

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80 Tracy October 29, 2009 at 9:22 pm

I use cloth bags and buy organic when possible!

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81 ashley October 29, 2009 at 9:23 pm

i try to buy organic or local whenever i grocery shop!

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82 Stacie October 29, 2009 at 9:25 pm

i have been buying free range organic meats and eggs!

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83 Help Meghan Run October 29, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I use reusable bags, am vegetarian, buy organic produce whenever possible, always choose organic dairy, and hit up the farmers’ market!

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84 Melissa October 29, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I love my awesome cloth grocery bag that balls up into a little pouch kind of like a Popple (remember those?!). This cloth grocery bag that fits in my purse has earned me lots of red tickets at Trader Joe’s.

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85 Kara October 29, 2009 at 9:27 pm

I always bring reusable bags with me to the supermarket, buy local and organic produce, avoid the meat counter unless I know the meat was produced humanely (Applegate Farms is ok, for example), and avoid processed food-like products like the plague!

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86 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 29, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Bummer! Split pea is my favorite soup, and I was excited to try Dr. McDougalls version!

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87 Melissa October 29, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Hey Kath! Thanks for the awesome giveaway, my fingers are crossed!!

My biggest change I’ve made towards sustainability has been my decision to switch to shopping at local farmer’s markets as opposed to always purchasing fruits and veggies at the grocery store. What a refreshing change this has been!

Happy Friday! :)

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88 Katie October 29, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Primarily organic or local produce. I don’t eat very much if any meat either. I try to remember my reusable bags as well!

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89 stacy October 29, 2009 at 9:29 pm

i always bring my own bag! gahhh i want that movie!!!

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90 Susan October 29, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Agreed, pea soup needs to be THICK! You know when they tilt your blizzard upside down at Dairy Queen? Well you should be able to do that with pea soup too :P

I’d love to win this giveaway!! I haven’t seen it yet as it didn’t come to the theatre in my small city. This isn’t just a grocery thing – but I don’t buy “no name” brands from wal-mart and dollar stores. I just can’t bring myself to support the work environments those products were produced in.

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91 Brielly October 29, 2009 at 9:29 pm

I use reusable bags and don’t use the produce plastic bags. I also shop at my town’s farmers market whenever I can!

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92 Jiyoung October 29, 2009 at 9:31 pm

I buy local organic whenever I can.

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93 Rita October 29, 2009 at 9:31 pm

I’ve reduced my meat intake to almost zero. i also always use my own shopping bags. At all stores, not just the grocery store. i’ll buy organic when I can, but I frequent a local farmer’s market and try to get my produce from there. I’m also on a kick to buy and consume as little processed food as possible.

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94 Maura October 29, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Hey Kath,
So I’ve been a so called “lurker” on your blog for a little while now. I love your blog and your approach to healthy living. Anyway, that being said, this post in particular caught my eye for one big reason. I graduated from college this year, UNH to be exact, and Gary Hirschberg was our keynote speaker at graduation!!! He was a wonderful and extremely informative speaker. In fact, he got me thinking a lot about sustainability. So to answer your question (in an extremely longwinded answer) I use reusable bags now in addition to being the best “locavore” I can be! Reducing fossil fuel use, one local, organic vegetable at a time! :)
Have a Happy Halloween,
Maura

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95 lk - healthy delicious October 29, 2009 at 9:32 pm

I love food inc! It really made me think about what eat, and I have made a committment to only buy local, free-range meat. I also try to eat local, organic, and in-season as much as possible.

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96 Audrey October 29, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Where’s the beef? Not in my shopping cart! :) and it saves trees, too!

ps – love your blog! I grew up in CLT but live in Boston now, so it’s always nice to hear about things going on in NC!

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97 Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) October 29, 2009 at 9:33 pm

We buy all our meat from the Farmer’s Market now!

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98 Jenna October 29, 2009 at 9:33 pm

i use the “green” re-usable grocery bags when shopping at the grocery store and i buy organic foods as much as possible!
jenna

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99 Alyssa October 29, 2009 at 9:35 pm

I try to buy as little meat as possible-both because I’m not always the biggest fan, and because its hard on our enviornment. Instead, I try to buy as much local produce as possible.

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100 Britt October 29, 2009 at 9:35 pm

We have joined a local CSA, I love being able to support a local farm and have fresh veggies!

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101 Amy C. October 29, 2009 at 9:36 pm

I bring my re-usable bags with me to the store. I also try to buy as many local products as I can. I’m a full time student right now so I can’t always afford a lot of organic items so I figure local is at least a start.

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102 Margaret October 29, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I preserve local fruit (canning and freezing) so that I can more locally year round.

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103 Linda October 29, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I buy as many locally grown fruits as possible, which is fairly easy to do in California. I’m looking into buying locally raised meat as well.

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104 Erica October 29, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I use reusable grocery bags all of the time and I no longer buy meat. As tempted as I am I stray from the junk food and I shop at Farmers Markets!

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105 Lisa October 29, 2009 at 9:39 pm

I never buy red meat (or order it in restaurants) and I eat very little meat in general. Plus I buy local fruits and veggies, whenever possible.

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106 melissa October 29, 2009 at 9:39 pm

I wasn’t able to see this movie when it was released but I did read up on it and along with it and blogs like yours, it’s really pushed me to put more thorough thought in the way I buy. I am not as healthy as I need to be, yet, but making small steps at a time is the way for me. I started with reusable bags. Then all organic fruits and veggies, and next to tackle is organic milk (we go through 1 gallon a week, so the $$$ is what holds me back!) but I know it will be best in the long run!

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107 sarah m October 29, 2009 at 9:42 pm

i bring reusable bags, and only shop local. i’ve been dying to see that movie!!

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108 Amy October 29, 2009 at 9:42 pm

I always bring my own reusable bags and I ride my bike to the grocery store; there are 2 within easy biking distance!

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109 Emily, homecookedem October 29, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I rarely buy meat, buy local veggies and fruits as much as possible, and try to purchase organic products as often as my wallet will allow. Haven’t seen the movie, so I’m hoping I win!! :)

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110 Colleen October 29, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I buy all natural products, I’ve definitely cut back on meat after seeing Food, Inc. and have made a more conscious effort to buy local food (I scouted out all of the farmer’s markets in my area). I throw veggies into my bag instead of using the clear ones at the store.

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111 Cat October 29, 2009 at 9:45 pm

I vote for local, US grown, and organic as often as possible with my grocery cart. I love that all fruits/vegetables are required by law to label their origin! I also always bring my own bag and if I don’t have one one me. I shove everything I can in my purse and carry the rest! LOVE Food Inc…would love even more to have a copy to share with others!

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112 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) October 29, 2009 at 9:45 pm

My cardinal rule to green shopping (and being frugal) is to use absolutely everything I purchase, never letting anything go to waste. I also use reusable totes, purchase local and seasonal produce, limit my (free-range and organic) meat intake to once a day or once every couple days, and cooking at home mostly using fresh, organic, whole ingredients and knowing precisely what the food I sit at the table to eat is all about.

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113 Clare October 29, 2009 at 9:48 pm

At school we have both a Starbucks and a regular foodmart right next to each other –even though Starbucks is delicious, there is Fair Trade Coffee at the foodmart so I choose to go there. cheaper AND better for the world:)

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114 Valerie October 29, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I try and eat less processed foods (less packaging) and as many fruis and veggies as possible!

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115 Kelly October 29, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I use reusable bags (both grocery and reusable produce bags) and shop at my local farmer’s market for fresh produce. It’s not only good for the environment, but tastes so much better than imported fruits and veggies.

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116 Sarah October 29, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I walk to the grocery store with reusable bags, I am looking forward to that movie coming out!

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117 Regina October 29, 2009 at 9:51 pm

I buy produce from my local growers in SE Arizona and am starting to grow a few things in the backyard with my family (onions, basil, tomatoes, garlic). Also, learning to compost! :)

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118 nicole October 29, 2009 at 9:52 pm

i try to buy local foods now. With a family of 6, my shopping cart votes very often!

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119 Jessica October 29, 2009 at 9:53 pm

I buy local as often as I can and remain loyal to COMPANIES that I believe in (Stoneyfield Farms & Newman’s Own) even when there are cheaper alternatives.

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120 April October 29, 2009 at 9:55 pm

I bring reusable bags and I also look for fruits and veggies that are gown locally as much as possible and I also try to buy fish that is not farmed. I’m reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma right now and the book really has me continuing to question my food purchases and the choices I make. I’m trying to be more aware of what I’m putting in my body and where it comes from.

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121 Sara October 29, 2009 at 9:56 pm

I bring my reusable bags and eat a mostly vegetarian diet! I really want to see that movie!

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122 Katheryn October 29, 2009 at 9:56 pm

I always find out where my meat comes from, how it was raised, and what it was fed. The consequences is that we’ve been eating a lot less meat. We’re down to only 2 times a week now. I try to always buy ‘whole foods’. If I don’t know what the ingredient is, I figure I don’t need to eat it.

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123 Sarah Hoch October 29, 2009 at 9:56 pm

I buy things in bulk to avoid excess packaging. I also use reusable shopping bags.

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124 Fallon October 29, 2009 at 10:00 pm

I’ve cut back on eating meat and poultry and I try to buy as much organic as I can.

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125 Melissa M. October 29, 2009 at 10:01 pm

I buy organic and/or local whenever possible, use my reusable bags, eat vegetables from my heirloom garden, and try to keep a limit on my meat consumption. I’ve been dying to see Food Inc. and was disappointed when my local theaters didn’t show it. so I hope I win!

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126 lora October 29, 2009 at 10:03 pm

I have given up meat (except the occasional fish from a restaurant) and I vote to not eat out, and buy organic all of the month of november…cooking more, eating out less.

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127 Jen October 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Hi Kath,

I have been a vegetarian for a little over 12 years, which is one of my contributions to making our world a greener place. However, a better planet wasn’t my real motivation when I started – it was simply because the thought of eating something I could envision as a pet troubled me so much I just couldn’t do it anymore. The more and more I learn about sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions, the more I realize the positive impact my decision plays – not just for the animals. I’ve heard all about the movie and would love an opportunity to own a copy and share with friends.

Thanks!

Jen

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128 courtney October 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm

I vote by being a vegetarian, eating only cage-free eggs, and by using my oodles of reusable bags! From what I have heard, this movie may convince me to go vegan… thanks for the giveaway!

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129 Renee October 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm

I have started eating more locally and always bring my reusable bags to the store to go grocery shoppin:)

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130 Sarah R October 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm

I only buy organic dairy and meat products as well as cage free eggs. We also were part of a CSA this year and frequented the local farmer’s market.

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131 Jenny October 29, 2009 at 10:11 pm

I vote by always choosing organic when given the option!!!
I also only choose the highest quality meat and chicken!!!

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132 Candy October 29, 2009 at 10:12 pm

I vote by carrying reusable grocery bags in my car, eating only Omega eggs, and having meat only once a week. Also buy dairy from the local dairy farm just 2 miles down the road.

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133 caronae October 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I “vote” by getting as much stuff at the farmer’s market as possible! It’s all local and fresh. I get apples,pears, blueberries, peppers, broccoli, greens, sweet potato, squash, eggs, cheese, muffins, whole grain breads, yogurt, milk — pretty much anything you can imagine!

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134 Valerie Rosburg October 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm

cage-free eggs and fresh garden produce that gets canned and preserved for the winter. Oh, and free-range meats.

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135 Carolyn October 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm

I try to buy local whenever possible, as well as favouring sustainable farming companies, organic products, and the like. Reusable bags are a must, of course ;)

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136 Mary (Food & Fun) October 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm

I buy local when I can! :)

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137 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) October 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Kath,
I haven’t seen Food, Inc. Great giveaway.

We only buy local grass fed finished beef, and I try and buy organic when I can. Also use reusable bags…when I remember to take them into the grocery store. I’m so bad about leaving them in the car!

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138 susan October 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm

I buy local and/or organic whenever possible.

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139 Yussy October 29, 2009 at 10:19 pm

I support local farmers, eat (mostly) organic food, and ALWAYS bring my reusable bags to the store.

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140 nadia October 29, 2009 at 10:23 pm

I buy local and always use re-usable bags. Plus, we grow tons of our own veggies in the garden!

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141 Sara October 29, 2009 at 10:24 pm

I buy organic as much as (financially) possible, I love going to farmers’ markets, and I always use reusable bags. I’ve also been a vegetarian for over 11 years.

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142 Laura October 29, 2009 at 10:25 pm

I buy local/seasonal if possible but in winter in the north usually the best I can do is U.S vs global. I’m working on switching to reusable bags. I buy organic on items I can afford for now.

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143 Savannah October 29, 2009 at 10:25 pm

I always bring my own bags (and they’re easier to carry halfway across Manhattan!), try to avoid processed foods and instead opt for things I can make at home, and frequent the nearest farmers markets.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’d love to!

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144 Allison Rentmeester October 29, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I vote with a shopping cart by getting all of produce at farmer’s market every weekend. I also try to buy most of my groceries at Trader Joe’s where a lot of the products are organic.

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145 Janna (Just Flourishing) October 29, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Yeah, I definitely like my pea soup thick. Brothy pea soup just wouldn’t do it for me!

This giveaway is great! I haven’t seen Food Inc yet!

I always brings my own bags, buy organic produce, don’t buy meat and buy very minimal dairy.

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146 Bonnie October 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm

I use the farmer’s market to get produce when I can and have started buying all natural foods.

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147 MKM October 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm

I try to buy local produce and minimize the amount of plastic bags I use.

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148 Suzanne (Trying to Maintain) October 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Ways that I try to be greener: I use reusable bags, shop locally as often as possible, buy nearly all organic food, purchase food products with as little packaging as possible and became a vegetarian more than 10 years ago.

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149 Kelly October 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm

I don’t buy any foods with HFCS or foods with added sugar that aren’t supposed to be sweet to start with (spaghetti sauce, savory crackers?). I also am vegetarian.

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150 Max FM October 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm

I bring my own bags! And read labels…or try…

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151 BroccoliHut October 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Must agree with you–that split pea soup is far too thin to be satisfying for me. I really like the thick & chunky versions. Maybe you could bulk it up with some grains or more veggies?

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152 Elizabeth October 29, 2009 at 10:37 pm

I try to re-use my paper bags and use re-usable bags when possible. :-)

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153 Shannon October 29, 2009 at 10:37 pm

I eat local fruits and veggies and stick with products that are in season. Great giveaway!

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154 Megan October 29, 2009 at 10:42 pm

I keep hearing about how amazing Food Inc is, so I’m dying to see it!

I recently signed up for a “Garden Fresh Box” (similar to a CSA) where local farmers pack boxes full of fresh vegetables and some fruits, and then volunteers drop it off at our Campus Food Bank for us to pick up. I got SO much in my box for only $10, and the taste is unbeatable – my cucumber actually tasted like a cucumber and not a ball of wax!
:)

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155 Tami October 29, 2009 at 10:42 pm

I bring reusable bags to the grocery store. I even get my kids involved by using a mickey mouse one and tinkerbell one to put all our produce in. They love to fill their bag up!

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156 Jessie October 29, 2009 at 10:42 pm

I have a rule that if I don’t bring bags to the store I have to buy them while there as punishment. I found it really helps me remember them, and now I have a ton of extra bags to use for other things. Not only do I try to buy as much organic/natural products as I can, I try to buy as much local as I can find and afford. I carry this onto everything, not just with food, I try to go to local shops and stores to help the economy. Not only does it save gas (which in turn saves us from the pollution) but it also keeps local businesses up and running, and people in jobs

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157 kristen October 29, 2009 at 10:43 pm

I try and buy local and in season at the farmer’s markets. I also use reusable bags and walk :)

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158 TanyaS October 29, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Since watching Food Inc this summer I have not once bought meat in a grocery store. I now shopt at a local meat shop that can tell me exactly which farm my beef/pork/chicken came from.

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159 Shannon October 29, 2009 at 10:49 pm

love farmers markets, buy less meat, try to choose organic/well-treated products, bring my own bags :)

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160 maria October 29, 2009 at 10:50 pm

I try to buy locally grown foods when possible. Not always easy in Japan, but totally worth it!

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161 kathy krafsig October 29, 2009 at 10:51 pm

I try to buy as much as I can without excess packaging, and try to buy local.

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162 Emily Z October 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm

My strategy is to eat as simply and locally as possible. On a college budget this can be a bit difficult, but I use sales and coupons to make sure I get the produce and products I crave. I also try to stay away from corn syrup whenever possible.

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163 Nicole October 29, 2009 at 10:58 pm

I try to buy local when I can, and cage free eggs.

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164 Stephanie October 29, 2009 at 10:59 pm

I fill my reusable bag with less meat and more local produce!

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165 Emily October 29, 2009 at 11:01 pm

I only buy meat when I know where it came from, so never from the grocery store, almost exclusively from the farmers market where I can meet the farmer who knows that the animals had a good life. :)

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166 Shandi October 29, 2009 at 11:01 pm

I make my “vote” by buying as local/organic produce as I can! I also bring my own bags, and if I ever forget my bags I recycle the plastic bags in the bins outside my grocery store. Great giveaway!!

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167 Laura October 29, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I try to buy organic, bring my own bags, only buy what I KNOW I’m going to eat, and hardly ever buying water bottles (nalgene anyone?!)

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168 Rachel October 29, 2009 at 11:15 pm

I bring my own shopping bags all the time and try to pick up weekly produce at the Framer’s Market from local growers whenever I can!

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169 jess October 29, 2009 at 11:16 pm

I try to always remember my reusable bags (sometimes I forget though!) and I always try to buy local produce in the grocery store when I can’t get to the farmers market. Thankfully, our grocery store carries quite a big selection of local items!

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170 Blair October 29, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Less meat…mostly organic and local…no bottled water…lots of recycling

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171 kristin point October 29, 2009 at 11:19 pm

I use re-usable grocery bags, don’t eat meat, choose local, free range eggs and try to buy local produce when possible.

I really wanna see Food inc.! Didn’t see it yet it wasnt out in theaters by me :(

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172 Rachael (La Dolce Vita) October 29, 2009 at 11:21 pm

I think voting with your food dollar is so important right now. So I EXCLUSIVELY buy organic dairy and meat. And if I go out to a restaurant and I can’t be sure that the meat is organic then I just order vegetarian.

I also try to buy local produce as much as possible. But that can be difficult in the winter as I live in Canada and it gets quite cold here. I do what I can.

I loved Food, Inc. That movie was life changing for me.

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173 Laura October 29, 2009 at 11:22 pm

i buy grass-fed meats from my local food co-op, truly free-range, pasture raised eggs from a nearby farm, and raw milk from pasture-raised cattle from a farm not far from where i live! i am also a part of a local organic CSA for fruits and vegetables. and i buy grains and beans in the bulk section! Sustainable planet, sustainable health =)

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174 Susan @ Nurse on the Run October 29, 2009 at 11:22 pm

I try to buy organic when I can and definitely make use of my reusable bags!

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175 Tasha October 29, 2009 at 11:31 pm

I don’t completely buy into all the “organic” info that we’re fed. But I am pro-using reusable bags.

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176 Kate October 29, 2009 at 11:32 pm

i buy local as much as possible on a student budget! And of course organic. I feel so much better for the environment and what i am putting in my body when i make those choices!

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177 Ann K October 29, 2009 at 11:39 pm

I forced myself to go bagless if I didn’t bring a bag two years ago. (I learned very soon to carry a small bag with me wherever I go). Then I switched to all organic produce and began working for a natural grocers to find out where my food comes from. I now educate the customers in the store about nutrients, supplements and how a whole food diet can be easy, cheap and taste great. I haven’t had a chance to see Food, Inc. yet so I would love the chance.

-AKF

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178 Lucy B October 29, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Even though I’m a poor college student and can’t always afford to buy all the organic produce I want, I work at a farmers’ market stall every week to get a discount and help spread the joy of fresh produce with others!! (And I get to take the seconds home for free :P )

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179 emmy - eatventures October 29, 2009 at 11:46 pm

I never ever purchase anything with trans fat.

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180 Jacqueline October 29, 2009 at 11:51 pm

I try to go to local Farmers Markets and buy local products as often as possible.
I love supporting local farmers! :)

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181 Karen Widman October 29, 2009 at 11:54 pm

I love farmers markets and I also ALWAYS bring reusable bags!

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182 Sues October 30, 2009 at 12:08 am

I carry my Flip and Tumbles everywhere! Couldn’t live without them :)

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183 Melissa October 30, 2009 at 12:16 am

I try to avoid processed foods by cooking from scratch as often as I can. I also bring my reusable bags with me when I shop, I also made my own produce bags that I try to use instead of using the plastic ones, if I do use the plastic ones I bring them back with me and reuse them again. I also drink from a refillable water bottle instead of buying bottled water. :)

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184 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) October 30, 2009 at 12:20 am

I buy organic, local, and in season whenever possible. I absolutely LOVE all of Stonyfield Farm products and Organic Valley. These choices make me feel good at the checkout lane and my tummy happy when I eat them. :)

Jenn

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185 Emmalinda October 30, 2009 at 12:21 am

I vote in many ways–first with the resuable bags. I also buy whole grains/beans in bulk, and often bring my own containers along, so that I don’t have to get a bag at the store. I choose local produce whenever possible, and produce from local farmers who farm organically when I can. I always check labels for whole ingredients, and I refuse to buy produce from other countries. I don’t buy meat unless it was sustainably produced–organic, grass fed if possible. I generally cook vegetarian meals, which have a lower impact on the planet. Whew! I could keep on going, as this is one of my favorite topics!

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186 Laura K October 30, 2009 at 12:25 am

I buy organic as much as possible, and I try to buy only packaged goods that have “wholesome” ingredients.

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187 Maggie October 30, 2009 at 12:35 am

I “vote” by using my reusable bag and shopping sales and buying organic as much as possible.

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188 Bronwyn October 30, 2009 at 12:37 am

I try mainly to buy local. Organic is good and all, but it’s too expensive for a student like me! Plus just because it’s organic doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a ginormous carbon footprint, local (likely doesn’t.). Plus I’ve been finding out that a lot of local growers are working hard at being environmentally friendly and sustainable.

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189 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 30, 2009 at 12:45 am

i eat mostly vegetarian, local, and organic.

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190 Marissa October 30, 2009 at 12:55 am

I feel like if I have even a little bit of sodium I can totally tell. Ah to be wise :)

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191 Christie October 30, 2009 at 12:58 am

I bring my reusable bags and I try to buy as much produce from local vendors as possible. Since I live in Georgia, there is usually something good local and in season available!

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192 Stefanie B. October 30, 2009 at 1:01 am

I choose to shop organic when I can and try to remember to bring my reusable bags every time I go shopping!

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193 Shannon October 30, 2009 at 1:11 am

I use re-usable bags every time I go shopping and try to buy locally as often as I can. I don’t eat meat except fish/seafood and I make sure that is Wild Caught … ALWAYS!

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194 Katie October 30, 2009 at 1:12 am

Organic whenever possible…aka whenever the price is reasonable enough for my poor college student budget!

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195 Chaley October 30, 2009 at 1:19 am

We eat produce in season and buy from farm stands almost exclusively in the summer and fall.

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196 Katie October 30, 2009 at 1:27 am

I always bring my own bags, don’t use plastic produce bags (or use the fabric ones I made myself), and I only eat organic meat, and mostly organic produce.

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197 Gillian October 30, 2009 at 3:17 am

I would love to win this! I shop mostly from markets, eat very little meat and no dairy! I also always throw all of my groceries into my purse rather than take a plastic bag when I can!

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198 Kaitie D. October 30, 2009 at 3:22 am

I always use reusable tote bags and try to buy organic and local as much as possible.

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199 maren October 30, 2009 at 3:23 am

i bring my reusable shopping bags with me to the store, and love buying local produce from the farmer’s market!!!

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200 Leanne October 30, 2009 at 3:27 am

visiting the Farmer’s market more often and switching to organic mlik and produce

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201 Julie October 30, 2009 at 3:54 am

I buy organic whenever possible, and don’t eat meat.

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202 MelissaNibbles October 30, 2009 at 3:58 am

I buy local and organic when possible. I don’t buy produce at grocery stores anymore, I visit a farmstand that’s near my apartment. Also, I recently converted to vegetarianism in an effort to not only save money, but avoid the artificial crap they pump into meat these days.

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203 Elisa October 30, 2009 at 4:06 am

I joined a co-op and get delivery organic fruits and veggies….if you do not know about this company check it out its amazing http://www.doortodoororganics.com/. Its all run by locals farms and business people.

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204 Diana October 30, 2009 at 4:09 am

I always bring my own reusable bags :) And I buy organic whenever I can!

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205 JessicaR October 30, 2009 at 4:22 am

I can’t handle the high sodium content of soups anymore. It used to not be a big deal, but now I wake up with massive bags under my eyes if I eat something salty like that. It seems like my body can barely handle sodium anymore?! Not sure what that is about…

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206 katie s October 30, 2009 at 4:33 am

There are many local farms in my area so I try to buy produce, dairy, eggs, and meat from them as much as possible. When in the supermarket I buy local and organic products most often.

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207 Shannon October 30, 2009 at 4:49 am

We have been eating locally all summer. Grass-fed meats from local farmer, CSA veggies, picking our own berries and dehydrating them. Raw milk from our farmer. A gigantic garden.

I have been writing a series on my blog called Food Roots to address how important this is. I believe that if we care about nourishment at all then the end result has to be eating locally.

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208 Debbie October 30, 2009 at 4:52 am

I am just learning to be more responsible in my shopping choices. I have discovered a great farmers market that sells local organic produce. It is so much fun discovering all the delicious fruits and vegetables.

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209 Cates October 30, 2009 at 5:02 am

I buy as many seasonal and whole foods and as few processed foods as possible. During the summer, I love to visit my local farm stands and farmer’s markets, which is a great way for me to try new fruits and vegetables, but unfortunately they are often too expensive to be regular purchases.

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210 Stacy (IN) October 30, 2009 at 5:12 am

I vote by using reusable shopping bags, not bagging my produce and buying organic, cage-free eggs.

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211 Maria October 30, 2009 at 5:16 am

My boyfriend and I shop local (farmers market and co-op) 95% of the time, use reusable bags, buy organic when practical, grow and freeze our own veggies for year round meals, pick our own from U-pick farms, make whatever we can from scratch (soup, bread, etc) which means buying more whole foods and fewer processed… and we don’t eat meat!

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212 Cathy October 30, 2009 at 5:33 am

I try to “vote” using reusable bags and buying produce from the farmers market. However, especially after watching Food, Inc. my biggest choice on voting has been not to support the meat industry. I find it too difficult to find and enjoy meat that has been raised in a manner which I find to align with my ethics and have recently chosen to avoid it all together. I think buying organic, free range etc. meat is great but just not for me.

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213 Katie (Runs for Fun) October 30, 2009 at 5:37 am

We purchase local produce and meat as much as possible, and when local isn’t realistic (I live in a COLD climate!), we try to go organic. Also, only Fair Trade coffee in our house.

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214 gina g October 30, 2009 at 5:51 am

we love buying locally =)

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215 Amy Kundrat October 30, 2009 at 5:55 am

local! local! local! I try to buy local and in-season ingredients and vegetables almost exclusively. I figure the more I (and we) do this, the clearer the message we send to chain stores to respect our environment as much as we respect ourselves. And resusable bags of course : ) If I forget my bags, I am the crazy woman juggling my food in my purse and my arms.

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216 Kootz October 30, 2009 at 6:05 am

I’m a converted vegetarian and have convinced my meat eating boyfriend to go veg too! Together we are reducing our carbon impact and boycotting corn fed cows! I also want to be a food science veterinarian and advocate for grass feed cows and more sustainable farming!

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217 Lauren October 30, 2009 at 6:08 am

Sorry Kath, I know that you are not responding on this post, but I have to agree with Lara (comment #1). The Amy’s Split Pea soup is the best I have had! It is soooo thick and luscious and just delicious. I urge you to try this one, even though it comes from a can, you can’t even tell!

Okay, now for the giveaway…..

I have been more orangic products these days. Especially fruits that I eat the skins because I think it’s entirely important that if you are consuming the peel or skin, it should NOT contain nasty preservatives or pesticides. Just being more mindful is always a great step!

Thanks!!

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218 Holly S. October 30, 2009 at 6:23 am

I buy the organic option for produce when I can afford it, and I always buy organic eggs and dairy!

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219 Liz October 30, 2009 at 6:24 am

I buy local whenever I can. I also store my reusable bags in my car so I never forget them for any of my shopping trips! I also agree with eating less meat AND be aware of where your meat comes from and what that means.

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220 Vanessa Romero October 30, 2009 at 6:26 am

Oh how I ever make a statement by the choices in my shopping cart. We too saw Food Inc. when it was released in our area. My husband and I left the theater and while walking to the car, made the decision at that moment to take the leap into organic/sustainable/free range/pastured etc. As soon as we walked in the door, I got on my lap top and did as much research as possible. We found a local farmer for our beef, chicken, turkey, pork & eggs. We became members of our local co-op for misc. items. We visited the farmers markets all summer long for our produce. Finally, for Thanksgiving, we are hosting, and our plan is to serve a meal that is all local & organic. We will use the time we have them at the table to educate our family as we enjoy our meal! ~Vanessa

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221 jen October 30, 2009 at 6:28 am

I try not to use the produce bags unless it is absolutely necessary.

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222 Dana October 30, 2009 at 6:36 am

I have two huge reinforced reusable bags and I also try to buy organic eggs and vegetables. It can be expensive but i believe it is worth the effort!

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223 elliot October 30, 2009 at 6:38 am

I find it can be a challenge voting how I’d like to and still staying on a budget, so I have to make some compromises. I don’t always buy organic, but when I can afford it I do, and for certain items like carrots, where I find the quality is drastically different, I always do. Where I really vote is in the protein department where I choose to reduce my meat consumption and buy almost exclusively organic, humanely raised meats. I’m also lucky that I have a year round farm stand on my way home from work where I can buy local free-range eggs, locally made cheeses, and even in the dead of winter local produce that stores well, like apples. Nothing makes me happier when food shopping than stopping into this farm stand where everyone knows me, grabbing a quick chat and the items I need, sipping a free taste of hot mulled cider, and knowing I’m supporting the people who live in my community and actually produced my food with their own hands.

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224 chand October 30, 2009 at 6:39 am

First time poster! Wow. Everyone is super excited about this DVD. We saw it and I just want to spread the word. We have totally switched to organic meat. It is hard, expensive and we really have to be fastidious about it. The local co-op will order us just about anything and then we get a 10% discount because of getting a case of something. In the long run it taste better and we know what we are consuming.

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225 Leslie October 30, 2009 at 6:41 am

Our family’s biggest is to avoid HFCS. It’s been the hardest (we are all professional label-readers now!) but so worth it.

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226 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now October 30, 2009 at 6:49 am

I “vote” by buying organic greens for my salads.

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227 Amy October 30, 2009 at 6:50 am

I buy local and organic most of the time and subscribe to a local farm’s CSA. I love getting produce delivered to my front door!

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228 Kerri October 30, 2009 at 6:51 am

local and organic…always. Especially milk and meat – its such a huge difference! We just cut back in our budget other places to make it work out.

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229 Courtney R. October 30, 2009 at 6:52 am

I buy most of my produce and my meat, bread, and other items (salsa, apple butter, honey, etc.) from a local organic co-op. I also volunteer at our (regular) local farmers market and also shop there during peak season as much as possible. I do my fair share of spreading the word about local, sustainable agriculture as well as food politics since I am an RD at ECU and also adjunct faculty in our nutrition department!

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230 Jess October 30, 2009 at 6:55 am

I try to buy locally sourced food, it may not always be organic but at least it’s local and NOT factory farmed.

We do most of our shopping at a local market and only do a few trips to stores like whole foods and trader joes. We try to look at our carbon footprint more than whether or not something is organic.

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231 Jennifer October 30, 2009 at 7:00 am

I “vote” by buying as much local/organic produce as possible (98 percent). I also bring reusable grocery bags to the grocery store. Would LOVE to see that dvd!

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232 Molly October 30, 2009 at 7:05 am

Belonging to a CSA for 5+ years!!

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233 kk October 30, 2009 at 7:05 am

I always bring reusable bags to every store I go to- grocery stores and even target

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234 Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) October 30, 2009 at 7:06 am

I vote by going to my lovely and amazing farmer’s market 2-3 times a week!

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235 deisegirl October 30, 2009 at 7:07 am

I like salty foods plenty (usually the things that are bad for me!) but I get annoyed when I get a really soup or something. I’ll add the fricking salt if I want the fricking salt…bah!

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236 deisegirl October 30, 2009 at 7:07 am

*really salty soup I meant to say. Bah #2!

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237 Kim October 30, 2009 at 7:07 am

I keep a reusable bag in my purse, folded up, so I can use it when I make quick stops at stores unexpectedly. And I have a big stack of reusables that I take to the grocery store. I also put produce right in the bag – no need for those silly plastic bags!

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238 Susan October 30, 2009 at 7:08 am

On Saturdays I hit up the farmer’s market! And at Wegman’s (my grocery store) I shop at the front of the produce section where they feature locally grown food : )

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239 sals October 30, 2009 at 7:10 am

I always get organic milk. I don’t eat a lot of meat, but I’ve started buying organic since seeing the movie!

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240 Annalisa October 30, 2009 at 7:15 am

I buy a lot of stuff at our farmer’s market. Granted, very little is local or organic but, it’s the same as what is sold in the grocery stores for half the price and supports “the little man”. I also exclusively shop at Wegman’s because of how they treat their employees, quality of products, and they are quick to respond to customer needs. They are a little pricier but I’d rather give them my money than Tops, Wal-Mart, etc.

I also stopped buying cleaning chemicals and started to make my own to help lower toxin levels at water treatment facilities.

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241 Karissa October 30, 2009 at 7:19 am

I grew up on a farm, so we really ate off our garden for an entire season. Now I try to buy local in season vegetables since I live in an apartment.

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242 Laura October 30, 2009 at 7:21 am

i need to see the movie!

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243 Sara October 30, 2009 at 7:22 am

I buy local grassfed milk!

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244 Katherine October 30, 2009 at 7:22 am

I shop at the farmers market when I can, I support local farmers and can get great deals on fruits and veggies! It’s a win win situation.

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245 Emily @ Marathons, Marrying, & Milestones October 30, 2009 at 7:23 am

even though it is more expensive, we only buy organic dairy products now. LOVED the movie!

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246 JENNA October 30, 2009 at 7:26 am

organic meats and dairy!

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247 christie @ honoring health October 30, 2009 at 7:28 am

I buy local and organic whenever possible and I also support local farmers for free range chicken/eggs and grass fed beef. Financially, we have to make sacrifices elsewhere like eating beans more often or visiting target less but to me, in the end, it is worth it.

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248 CaSaundra October 30, 2009 at 7:31 am

I try to buy organic whenever I can–and during the summer I rarely buy produce from the grocery store, I head to the farmer’s market instead! I really wanna see this movie :-)

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249 Leigh October 30, 2009 at 7:31 am

I vote for FLORIDA oranges!

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250 Caitlin October 30, 2009 at 7:32 am

On my drives to college I pass by many farms, so I always make a pit stop at the produce stands along the road. It is my way to support local farmers!

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251 Heather October 30, 2009 at 7:34 am

I buy local and organic as much as possible. It may cost a little more now, but if we demand healthy food the industry will listen and there will be a swing away from GMOs. I’ll be sure to pick up the DVD on Nov. 13th if I can’t win it here!

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252 Runningwriter October 30, 2009 at 7:35 am

I choose local produce over non-local if there’s an option. And if I’m buying only a few veggies or pieces of fruit I don’t use the little plastic bags to take them to the checkout (probably very much to the cashier’s annoyance).

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253 Becca Robie October 30, 2009 at 7:36 am

i reuse containers an ziplock bags FOREVER, i mean i have been know to tape up a hole and continue to reuse the bag… I also buy organic dairy and soy and try to get organic fruits and veggies when possible

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254 esther October 30, 2009 at 7:44 am

I buy organic when I can and this year we tried our hand at gardening, it wasn’t a total flop so we will do it again next year!

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255 Theresa October 30, 2009 at 7:44 am

I bring my own bags with me to the store and try to shop local when possible (which isn’t always possible or plausible for me)! I’m really looking forward to getting to see this movie.

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256 Funky Lady October 30, 2009 at 7:46 am

My choices are: reusable bags, grow my own garden, buy a “organic” half cow each year from a farmer we know personally, shop the perimeter of the store for the most part, buy organics if I can afford them, never refuse leftovers, and eat primarily from my own kitchen.

I have so much to learn about this. I would love to see this movie!!

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257 JEAN October 30, 2009 at 7:46 am

I buy as much organic produce as I can afford. I also steer clear of meats that have antibiotics in them, and try to only by meats that are free range.

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258 Liz October 30, 2009 at 7:51 am

I buy local (up front in Harris Teeter), belong to a CSA, and LOVE going to orchards for fruit/veggies. Hopefully I’m telling the local farmers to keep up the awesome work!

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259 Gelareh (Orange Truffle) October 30, 2009 at 7:51 am

I haven’t seen the movie yet but am reading the book right now.
I buy exclusively organic fruits and vegetables, and when possible shop at the farmers market. This year we plan on buying a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), share plan where we support a farm and receive produce from them and so we share the good and the bad with the farm. We buy organic milk and cage free/free range eggs (that’s mainly for baking). We use reusable grocery bags, and recycle all the plastic, glass containers and zip lock bags from the bulk section of the grocery store.

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260 Jasmine T October 30, 2009 at 7:55 am

I try and skimp on the meat—saving it only for special occasions. It sounds like food inc preaches just that!

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261 Nicole K October 30, 2009 at 7:56 am

I buy organic milks and meats whenever possible. For the dirty dozen, I almost always try to go organic, and during the summers we go to as many farmers’ markets as we can. It’s tough when your city is still catching on, but each year is a little easier.

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262 leatitia October 30, 2009 at 7:56 am

I recycle everyday.

I always use my own shopping bags and try to buy only the grocery I know I’ll eat instead of buying too much and having to trow some in the garbage at the end of the week.

I also buy in bulk instead of buying indivuduality wrapped snacks. It’s cheaper and there’s less packaging in the bin.

I try to buy produces grown in Quebec as much as I can. It’s hard to do.

I try to go the lasting route in toys. I love my dollorama, but use it for cheap cookies and books. Some of the toys sold in dollorama are easily breakable and most of the time, they end up in the trash few weeks, even days later.

Show the Earth some <3!

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263 Allie October 30, 2009 at 7:59 am

I’m not only voting for a greener world with my grocery cart, but my amazon wishlist! Christmas is coming…I added reusable mesh bags to my list. I already reuse my bulk bin bags and carry my own reusable bags. Plus, always cook at home rather than fast food!

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264 Adventures of Alice October 30, 2009 at 8:01 am

We have about 6 reusable bags that we always use–one lives in my purse and the rest are in the back of the car so I always have one. I make sure to take one on trips as well–wherever I’m traveling.

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265 Cait (Cait's Plate) October 30, 2009 at 8:06 am

That smoothie looks DELICIOUS! I’m seriously salivating over it. Haha. I ALWAYS bring my re-usable cotton grocery bags wherever I go – and I try to keep fruit and other produce loose so I’m not using the plastic bags :)

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266 Cait (Cait's Plate) October 30, 2009 at 8:06 am

That smoothie looks DELICIOUS! I’m seriously salivating over it. Haha. I ALWAYS bring my re-usable cotton grocery bags wherever I go – and I try to keep fruit and other produce loose so I’m not using the plastic bags :)

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267 Beth @ DiningAndDishing October 30, 2009 at 8:08 am

I visit the farmer’s market most Sundays to get local produce – less miles travelled = less pollution. And the produce tastes FANTASTIC!!

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268 Kimberly October 30, 2009 at 8:12 am

I need to be better in this department. I don’t generally eat meat and I do buy a lot of produce, which cuts back on extra packaging and materials.

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269 whitney October 30, 2009 at 8:13 am

I became really serious about my food and where it comes from within the past 6 months. I enjoy going to the farmers markets, my parents have their own garden, my father hunts so I eat deer meat if I am feeling saucy. I try to buy organic when possible (having the money) and I always bring my bags with me to the store. If I do not bring my bags I will only pick up a few things and hold them in my hand so I do not have to use a bag. I can not wait to see the movie!

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270 Jennifer October 30, 2009 at 8:14 am

I use reusable bags, try to avoid using the produce bags unless really necessary to contain wet veggies, shop at a farmer’s market, buy seasonally 99.9% of the time, and do my best to get the most local produce available. Totally worth it!

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271 Marcia October 30, 2009 at 8:15 am

I really vote with my dollar:
1. I belong to a CSA (local, organic), and we’re just about to finish our 9th – yep 9th!! year. We’ve been members since before most people knew what a CSA was. I’ll fess up, it was the strawberries that sold us. I reuse my canvas bags AND wash and reuse the plastic bags (which was a suggestion from the farm).

2. I shop at the farmer’s market to round out the week. Apples, grapes, berries, potatoes, juice, eggs. The farmer’s market is actually at my son’s school, so I go when I pick him up once/week.

3. We eat mostly vegetarian/vegan. I think our Thanksgiving dinner this year will be a roasted chicken and a roast tri-tip, both from the farmer’s market. If I’m going to eat meat, I want it sustainable.

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272 Elizabeth October 30, 2009 at 8:16 am

I hit up the farmers market on Saturdays for eggs, cheese and produce. The other items that I purchase at the grocery store are usually organic and I always bring my re-usable bags!

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273 Kate October 30, 2009 at 8:16 am

This summer I avoided the grocery store by shopping from my garden or the farmers market. When at the store, I shopped from the bulk bins to cut down on packaging, and of course went organic with the dairy. We purchase a whole cow from an organic farmer and split the meat between several family members. My parents raise their own free range chickens for the meat and a friend raises chickens for the eggs. All are local, and all are treated humanely.

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274 Heather Gutberlet October 30, 2009 at 8:17 am

I grew up the daughter of a dairy farmer in central PA. Currently our family farm is struggling to survive. They are using every little bit of savings to keep afloat and are trying to hold out during this recession like so many other small business dairy farmers in our country. It is SO important to support our local farmers. Our farm has been in our family for 3 generations and supports my grandfather, my parents, my uncle and his family and my brother’s family. When farms go under it puts so many families at a loss, so it is so good that documentaries like Food Inc. exist to raise awareness. It is SO important that we know where our food comes from. My husband and I are fortunate enough to live in Frederick County, MD, which has many local farms that we can purchase our produce from and our community started holding it’s own farmer’s market every Sunday this past summer. We purchase as much organic and locally grown produce as possible and purchase our meat from a local farm who raises only grass-fed beet. Thank you Kath for talking about Food Inc. and bringing awareness to other to start thinking about where their food comes from. Spreading the word is so important and every person can make a change!

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275 Allison October 30, 2009 at 8:19 am

I give reusable bags as little gifts to family and friends all the time! They’re cheap, and everyone loves getting something. I always use them, and giving them away encourages everyone else to use them too!

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276 Laura M October 30, 2009 at 8:20 am

I bring my own bags and generally shop in the organic section.

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277 Katy October 30, 2009 at 8:24 am

Kath, thanks for the contest! FYI — I just found Stonyfield frozen yogurts and ice creams (organic) at Whole Foods and will be posting a review on my blog soon!

I thought Food Inc. was a great compliment to other moves on the same topic that I’ve seen…it’s a nice “starter” video for anyone who’s interested in learning more about where their food comes from, and the ethical issues that are associated. I thought Gary Hirshberg was so interesting, I helped arrange for him to be a guest on my work’s radio show!

My shopping habits had already changed, so I’d say this movie made me more interested and motivated to teach OTHERS about food ethics…my colleagues and friends have made significant changes, and I’m really proud to be a part of it!

Hoping I win the movie so I can host a screening for them. :)

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278 Krista October 30, 2009 at 8:26 am

I buy local all the time. I constantly remind my husband why our groceries can be pricey. Local and organic are BETTER FOR YOU! Better for you + kind of pricey = happy bodies and supporting local farmers. We love to go to the farmers market and just got pumpkins from there for $4 dollars! Sometimes local can be cheaper than stores and I love finding good deals. I also use my own bags in stores. It’s a must!

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279 Tina October 30, 2009 at 8:41 am

I HATE when soups are watery!! I had Amy’s Split Pea soup the other day for the first day, and it was actually really good. I’d definitely recommend it! It was thick and had great flavaaa.

We always bring out own bags to the store. It’s such a pain having a bulidup of like 25 paper bags at home!

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280 Rachel A October 30, 2009 at 8:47 am

I try to buy produce that is as local as possible. Even if it’s not from my immediate area, I choose fruits and veggies from the next state over and avoid stuff that has been shipped from far away places.

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281 Meg @ Be Fit Be Full October 30, 2009 at 9:06 am

I receive a weekly produce delivery from small, local fams in the aread, as well as use re-usable bags!

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282 NYCgal October 30, 2009 at 9:13 am

I ALWAYS bring reuable shopping bags, make a weekly visit to a local farmers market, buy organic foods, and I have my own garden in the summer with fresh veggies and herbs!! ;)

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283 Sue P October 30, 2009 at 9:25 am

I joined a CSA this year; what a great option for organic, local vegetables. I also buy cage-free eggs and bring my own bags. (I try to keep a stash of the reusables in my car at all times…”try” being the operative word.)

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284 Nicole October 30, 2009 at 9:32 am

I’d love to win the movie! I choose to eat a vegan diet and try to shop for local fruits and veggies whenever I can :)

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285 Kacy October 30, 2009 at 9:36 am

I don’t buy meat, and all my dairy is organic. The extra expense is definitely worth it.

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286 vera October 30, 2009 at 9:46 am

Buy organic!

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287 jennifer October 30, 2009 at 9:46 am

I buy organic milk! It is the only thing we consistently buy organic but it is worth the price!

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288 Kelly October 30, 2009 at 9:54 am

I try to buy as much local produce as I can and buy more seasonal produce to help support our local farmers.

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289 J October 30, 2009 at 10:47 am

I always by organic with the “dirty dozen” list of produce

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290 Megan October 30, 2009 at 10:55 am

cage free eggs, organic milk, organic meats, local butter and as much local or organic produce as I can get! and the farm stand down the street from work (today’s the last day of their season!).

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291 jvegegirl October 30, 2009 at 11:05 am

I eat vegan! The worldwatch institute just published a study detailing that livestock cause about 51% of Greenhouse Gas emissions, so it’s pretty much the biggest impact an individual can make.

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292 melanie October 30, 2009 at 11:08 am

Eat less… plant a garden!

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293 Leah October 30, 2009 at 11:26 am

I bring my own reusable bags (the same ones I take my lunch to work in) and buy organic produce. And if I buy meat (rare) theres an organic family run butcher that I go to.

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294 Jewel October 30, 2009 at 11:52 am

I choose to vote by bringing my own bags to the grocery store, I recently joined an organic produce co-op which in addition to being organic forces my family (hee hee) to eat more veggies, and I buy a ton less meat. I am eating meat once a week if at all….and I serve it to the fam only once or twice a week. I get tons of dirty looks at dinner in return now…so I am trying my best to experiment with interesting recipes.

I just made everybody watch Food Matters….the next stop is Food Inc though! (I am hoping I can handle the animal scenes though without becoming a basket case.

Thanks for a great read Kath! I stumbled onto it a few months ago and it has definitely furthered my knowledge about healthy eats as I move myself and family (or try to) away from the junky lifestyle! (Jeez…didn’t mean for this post to become a book!)

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295 Danielle J October 30, 2009 at 12:17 pm

I buy all my fruits/veggies (except bananas) in season at the farmers market. its my way of supporting local farmers :)

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296 Patricia October 30, 2009 at 12:22 pm

We shop at our farmers’ market spring–fall. We also have a fairly large garden where we grow tomatoes, squash, greens, beans, herbs, cukes, strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, etc. I try to purchase local produce at the grocery market–difficult for many things in winter in Minnesota.

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297 Jason Sandeman October 30, 2009 at 12:32 pm

I so want to see that DVD, as there is no release here that I know of. (I live in Montreal Quebec, so it is a language issue.)

Everyone who knows me knows that I am all about sustainability and organics. I started all of that way before it was fashionable. I got it from my Grandfather in the early ’80s as a kid. He impressed on me how important it was to purchase from the source. That is how I shop: from the source as much as possible. That means that I take the drive out to the farmer’s field and get the produce myself. For the hotel, I make sure that my produce carriers send me the stuff that is local. They all know how picky I am, so they only send me the good stuff.

If it is not good enough, it does not go on the menu. That’s it, that’s all.

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298 Bing October 30, 2009 at 5:26 pm

I buy lots of fruits & veggies, and rarely have meat. Love going to my local farmer’s market every Saturday!!

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299 Victoria Rose October 31, 2009 at 7:33 pm

I buy from many local farmers and in the warmer weather we have a Saturday market where each vendor can only be from our county selling what they have grown/produced. Our local green store sells fabric mesh produce bags so I take those to the grocery store with my other bags.

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