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Top Ten Ideas to Reduce Your Fossil Fuel Use for Food and also Save Money and Improve Your Health!
By Nancy White

We all know to turn off the lights when we leave a room, replace the incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents, car pool and even save to buy a car that uses less fuel.  How can we reduce the 500 gallons of oil a year that it takes to bring food to our table and dispose of the waste?

The following is a list of suggestions that can reduce that number to near zero. As with all change, start small. So the list is arranged with the easiest changes first and as the number goes down, the greater the energy savings and personal effort. After all, human energy is renewable. By expending our own energy, both mental and physical, we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and save money. Yet, the greater benefit is to our health and well being. 

10. Don’t waste food you have already purchased or eat more than your body needs

9. Buy only food produced in the USA

8. Buy food without ingredients, cook from scratch (Shop the perimeter of the  supermarket)

7. Reuse containers and bags, buy in bulk

6. Buy in season and learn to preserve or store produce

5. Buy a water filter and stainless steel or glass beverage containers, make your own  beverages

4. Shop at local farms or farmers’ markets

3. Eat lower on the food chain, increase fruits, vegetables and grains, reduce meat  and dairy products.

2. Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

1. Produce your own food  by sprouting inside, gardening outside, eating more raw food, and take care of waste by starting a compost pile.

Please comment here or in the specific food energy blogs with comments or questions. And remember, the desire for energy independence can lead to better health and freedom in many other areas!

Comments on "Top Ten"

  1. Dan Gibson's avatar Dan Gibson September 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    A am looking forward to learning more. I love the picture of your garden. Dan

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  1. nancy white's avatar Ed Bishop October 01, 2011 at 1:19 pm


    Nice, simple and healthy advice.