I'm sure at some point in the past couple years, you've heard how important it is for all of us to "reduce our carbon footprint". Yes, we all need to make a conscience effort to preserve our planet for generations to come. But did you know we also have a food print?
Our food print is the amount of farmland, grazing land, forest and fishing grounds needed to produce our food, plus all land and water needed to absorb carbon emissions from the production and transport of our food.
In the new book Disney’s Mickey & Friends Collection, Go Green! A Family Guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle, Mickey, Minnie and all their friends highlight the importance of understanding the role our food plays in living a greener and healthier life. It also includes:
Tips for starting a container garden to grow your own fruits & vegetables
Guidance on starting a compost piles and information on the important of healthy soil
How to reduce waste by safely reusing things like plastic bags and bottles, not only for food use but arts and crafts as well
Recipes for making your own healthy chips from carrots, kale, turnips and more
Why we need to focus on eating locally and seasonally
I am a huge believer of teaching our children not only what to put into their bodies, but where it comes from. I make sure my son knows about local farmers, and how much we depend on them. Or how food gets from the farm, to the store, and then to our plates. Kids need to realize how much goes into what we eat; but also appreciate and create new ways to reduce what that means for our Earth and making sure it's around for their grand children too!
If you have kids, and want to make sure your family is doing all it can to reduce your food print, be sure to pick up a copy today!