The simplest and most poignant form of food activism is voting with your dollar; making every place or way you buy your food a conscious decision about who you support, and who you do not.
Your monetary choices combine with the monetary choices of other likeminded individuals to make waves and have significant effects on whether or not certain entities are allowed to thrive, and grow.
When you buy organic and local, you are supporting farmers and companies who represent the future of food that we at Good Earth (and hopefully you, too) want to see. By shopping at Good Earth you are already voting to support organic, local, and Non-GMO products, as well as our direct involvement with organic legislation and governmental bodies. It is our support for organics that drives us to provide you with 100% organic Produce and Bakery departments, a 99% organic Kitchen department and other departments which are as close to all organic as possible.
Another aspect of voting with your dollar is engaging with your local foodshed and buying food that is in season in your area. For many fruits and vegetables, there will be times of the year when they are being grown just up the coast, often less than 50 miles away, and other times when the closest place they will grow is over 1,000 miles away.
If you look on the signs in our Produce Department, you can read the miles that that piece of produce has traveled, as well as the specific farm where it was grown. By selecting food that has traveled only a short distance, you are not only reducing emissions, you are also supporting local farmers.
It is important to support local, organic farmers because ultimately, small organic farms are the answer to our food woes. Big agriculture claims they are the only way, but truly, a proliferation of small, local, organic farms, providing food to nearby areas, can do even better. They have the potential to surpass big agriculture both in terms of protecting mother nature, and in terms of productivity and their potential to feed the world.
If you want to get even more involved in food activism, supporting organic is the most politically expedient thing to do. The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is constituent run. Their meetings are public and any person can comment orally, in person or via webinar, or submit a written comment online (for more information click here). The NOSB even has two consumers who serve on it and are involved in regulating and shaping organic standards.