Accept our Thanksgiving Local and Organic Food Challenge!


You deserve safe, healthy food. Help us label GMOs and get antibiotics out of food animals.

By Consumers Union on Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Here’s what Eat Well has to say about the Challenge.

If you are looking for simple recipes to turn your locally grown ingredients into a fantastic meal, here’s a great post from last Thanksgiving over at Low Impact Living. These recipes use just a few ingredients to save money and highlight the locally grown items you buy. If you really want to save money, check out Epicurious’ Thanksgiving for eight people for under $80! You can use your organic or local ingredient in any of these dishes. If you can’t go for the expensive heritage turkey, they walk you through the organic and free range supermarket options.

This may be the season for locally grown ingredients to return to our holiday tables in abundance. The Center for Food Safety, in conjunction with The Cornerstone Campaign, created the Cool Foods Campaign with this great Thanksgiving tips page for creating a great, low cost feast using locally grown foods that will also reduce your individual contribution to global warming. Here’s what they have to say about this holiday:

Take this opportunity to celebrate as those pioneers did: with the local foods and flavors in your region. You’ll be keeping your dollars local (while spending less at farmers markets), supporting seasonal and small-scale agriculture, and enjoying the amazing (and natural) gifts available in your own backyard!

If you live in the city, you may not feel close to your local farmers, so events are springing up around the country to introduce shoppers to those nearby who feed us. Kristen over at ModernEcoHomes has these great tips for a Thanksgiving feast that’s good to eat and healthful for the earth. Green SAHM reminds us that we can decorate our table with things we have close to hand, we can borrow rather than buy, we can compost or recycle.

So, with all these tips and tools, it’s time to plan our holiday feast!

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