After you sign the resolution, there are many more ways that you can make a difference. Here are ten simple things you can do as an individual to make a difference:
- Drink Tap Water! Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages: You could lose 25 pounds in a year by replacing one 20-ounce soda a day with a no-calorie beverage like water.
- Eat at home more often instead of eating out: Children consume almost twice (1.8 times) as many calories when eating out. Choose restaurants that source local and sustainable foods.
- Grow some of your own food: Keep a garden - even a small one - so you can enjoy a direct connection to your food. Save seeds and share the joy by getting together with neighbors, or find land through LifeCycles’ www.sharingbackyards.com
- Work with schools to increase healthy food options and to abide by Healthy Vending regulations, to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks. Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years.
- Meatless Monday? Go without meat one day a week: Meat requires a higher amount of energy to produce, and you will reduce your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of meat you eat - especially beef. It also will reduce your intake of antibiotics.
- Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides. Over 34 million kilograms of pesticides are used annually across Canada. Learn which fruits and vegetables come to market with the most pesticides (see: Shopper's Guide to Pesticides )
- Support family farms; visit your local farmer's market: A diverse supply of food from more, rather than few, producers makes for a safer and more balanced food system -- and benefits local economies. See www.islandfarmfresh.com
- Read Labels. Make a point to know where your food comes from and what is in it: The average meal travels 1500 miles from the farm to your dinner plate, and is increasingly processed. Learn more https://www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/blog/label-reading-you-be-judge
- Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, and support fair trade. Poverty among farm workers is more than twice that of all wage and salary employees. Supporting fair trade not only ensures fair compensation but usually extra environmental protection.
- Become engaged in projects that support developing a healthier and sustainable food system, there is lots to do!
Here are some additional resources to check out with many more ideas to come.
Are you looking for local farm produce? Island Farm Fresh Guide
Connect with those who make local food? Get Fresh Guide
Looking to join or visit a community garden in the CRD? Community Gardens Listing
What about visiting a regional farmers market? Regional Farmers Markets
Listing of farm produce, livestock, tools and machinery? Used Victoria Farming and Agriculture
Information about Urban Agriculture? LifeCycles Urban Agriculture Hub