Skyping from his home in Berkeley, California, Michael says what you eat is integral to cutting waste and pollution. "A lot of that garbage you saw was the result of food packaging. Agriculture changes the landscape more than anything else we do. It alters the composition of species," he says. "We don't realize it when we sit down to eat, but that is our most profound engagement with the rest of nature."
Besides helping the environment, Michael says "meatless Mondays" have a bonus benefit. "To the extent we push meat a little bit to the side and move vegetables to the center of our diet, we're also going to be a lot healthier," he says.
Processed food—which is less healthy for both humans and the environment—is put in the aisles in the middle of the store. "That's where the stuff that never goes bad lurks," Michael says. "That's the processed food that really gets you into trouble. That has the most waste and takes the most fossil fuel to produce."
One way to get those missing nutrients is to buy organic and sustainably grown food."It's still very nutritious," he says. "If you can afford it, buy organic, buy sustainable."
"Imagine your great-grandmother...would she recognize this as food?" he says. "If the answer is no, maybe you don't want to eat it."
Gardening can break your kids' love of junk food too. "You will find your kids eating vegetables from your garden that they would not eat any other way," Michael says. "How my son discovered vegetables was from growing them in the garden."
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