Doing the right thing

When I was a kid, I thought I had a good idea about what it meant to do the right thing. When you are a child the world is black and white, full of absolutes. Then as we grow older, there are shades of grey. At least that is how it has happened for me.

I have so many things that I would like to pay attention to, it becomes hard to prioritize. Take grocery shopping for example. Should the food be:

  • organic
  • fresh, (not frozen or canned)
  • local
  • within my budget

If I focus on all 4 of these criteria, grocery shopping would be an impossible task. Life is about compromise. So I have to decide which of these 2 are going to be my main target. Usually fresh and budget win out and if I can add either of the other 2 it is a bonus.

When I discover a tool that lends me a helping hand I get pretty excited. Someone, or even groups of people have done all the legwork to make my life easier. Here are a few that come to mind:

Eat for Healthy Oceans

The David Suzuki Foundation has created this page and included videos, recipes and information about sustainability.

From the book Beneath Cold Seas: the Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, © 2011, text and photography by David Hall.

From the book Beneath Cold Seas: the Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, © 2011, text and photography by David Hall.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

The author and her family take you on a year of living sustainably. The book is full of inspiration, techniques and guidance. Take as little or as much as you like. This poster shows you what is fresh, during which month of the year.

avm-poster

Eat Local – British Columbia, Canada

Edible Communities

These wonderful magazines are an inspiration of content, beautiful photography and rich resources. Seek them out if they are available for your city.

Canadian Organic Growers

Vancouver Farmer’s Markets

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s