Archive for November, 2009

Green Your Thanksgiving


With Thanksgiving only two days away, we wanted to post this story about Greening your Thanksgiving by Sierra Club’s Cara Longpre.

It’s almost time for Americans to visit with loved ones, express gratitude, and eat a really, really big meal. This year, the Green Life is providing tips to help you celebrate Thanksgiving with less impact.
Tip #1: Try Regional Recipes

Traditional Thanksgiving meals tend to favor fall produce, so it’s a great time to focus on locally grown fruits and veggies. Consider adapting time-honored recipes to reflect your region’s growing season and history. For a fun challenge, plan either one dish or the entire meal with ingredients grown or produced within 100 miles of your home. Check out the Daily Green’s 100-mile Thanksgiving meal plans for five different U.S. cities to find examples of creative, local solutions.

Tip #2: Buy a Heritage Bird or Go Meatless
Want to celebrate “Turkey Day” without supporting environmentally destructive factory farms? You can help preserve species diversity by purchasing a free-range heritage turkey from a local farm. If meat isn’t a must-have, consider skipping the bird altogether and building a hearty meal around vegetarian dishes such as autumn tempeh salad or butternut squash enchiladas.