Simple Ways To Eat Sustainably

Sustainability is a complicated concept, especially when it comes to food. Let’s face it: no one can consume one hundred percent sustainable cuisine all the time. Even if you raise your own livestock, grow your own fruits and veggies, and churn your own butter, at some point you’re likely to need a supplemental ingredient whose packaging has an impact on the planet. But luckily sustainability isn’t an all or nothing proposition. It operates on a sliding scale. The point of living and eating sustainably is to reduce your carbon footprint, not eliminate it altogether. Here are some of our simple tips for eating sustainably without completely changing your lifestyle: Eat Local Produce There are dozens of reasons to buy local foods. First, they usually have less of an environmental impact. Oftentimes the produce stocked in grocery stores has been flown or driven thousands of miles before it lands in your shopping cart. Produce from local farms, however, doesn’t put nearly the same strain on the Earth’s resources, simply because it has far fewer miles to travel. And because you’re getting your food much more quickly, it tastes fresher and infinitely more delicious. Seek Sustainability From The Sea Here in Florida, we are fortunate to be surrounded by water teeming with some of the freshest seafood in the world. However, it’s critical that you get your seafood from sustainable sources. If you’re shopping on your own, look for fish certified by the Marine Stewardship Council in order to protect overfished species. Or just dine here with us at the Waterfront Restaurant: we get our fish daily from small local vendors, so you can be ensured that it is fresh, local, and sustainably-harvested. Frequent Your Local Farmer’s Market The farmer’s market is a great place to find all of that lovely, luscious local produce we are so smitten with. But it is chock full of other wonderful surprises. On any given day you can find anything from farm-fresh eggs to locally-harvested honey to handcrafted pasta to homemade salsa made from locally-sourced ingredients. You can grab a week’s worth of groceries without driving all over town, and know exactly where everything you consume is coming from. Dine Out Responsibly Just like you shouldn’t have to grow a massive garden in order to eat more sustainably, you shouldn’t have to cook dinner for yourself every night. There are plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy a sustainable meal. Stay away from places that order massive quantities of frozen food, and instead look for places that buy daily from local vendors and make as many of their ingredients from scratch as possible. At The Waterfront Restaurant we’re proud of our strides toward sustainability: we prepare as many of our ingredients on-site as possible, from baking our own breads to making our own stocks. The result is fresh cuisine that it is as good for the planet as it is delicious.