Part of eating sustainably is eating seasonably. Even though you can buy your favorite produce year round, it does not mean it is the most sustainable choice. Shipping foods thousands of miles racks up the carbon emissions associated with what you eat. More energy, water, and resources are typically needed to grow fruits and vegetables that are not naturally occurring in your region. It is better to eat locally grown, in season foods so that you give back financially to your community plus you can enjoy fresh, unprocessed produce.
Check out some of these great guides to eating seasonably:
- Although UK based, this calendar chart is a great way to plan your seasonable diet (also see below): http://www.liveoriginally.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/eatseasonably.jpg
- A more specific local, seasonable resource- the NRDC provides an interactive map to highlight the produce in season by state in the U.S.: http://www.simplesteps.org/eat-local