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Sustainability and food: What's the deal?


Sustainability is a buzzword these days – especially when it comes to food! It refers to how we can help the biological systems we interact with (such as the plants and animals that we consume) remain diverse, thriving and indefinitely productive!

If you’re trying to shop more sustainably, here are a few tips.

  • Shop the bulk bins for nuts and dried fruits.
  • Purchase seafood that is sustainably fished, including small fish like sardines and anchovies
  • Purchase locally grown fruits, vegetables and meat to support the local economy and cut down on the environmental impact of transporting and preserving foods traveling longer distances.
  • Bring your own shopping bags to the store to reduce plastic usage.
  • Walk or take public transportation to the store.
  • Purchase only the quantities you know you’ll eat to avoid food spoilage/wastage – even if it means more frequent trips to the store.

Looking for more guidance on your diet? 

Make an appointment with the dietitians in the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.