We celebrate Christmakah in our family as we are a diverse mixture of religions. No matter how or what we celebrate, the feelings surrounding the celebration are what’s important.
I hope everyone had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving… and now let the gifting begin! ‘Tis the season! Everyone running around in a frenzy, looking for the best and biggest gifts….spending money we don’t have to impress people we don’t need to impress. Let us not forget the gifts of love, peace and compassion. These are the gifts that make our world a better place.
I know, I know…we’ve heard it all before…feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, bring joy to the joyless, care for our elderly. But wouldn’t it be spectacular if we actually did these things? If we could really turn these negatives into positives? If there were no more homeless or hungry people in this wonderful world of ours? No more pain or illness? We can’t change the world…but we can change ourselves. We can change how we think and, eventually, it WILL change the world. One person at a time, thinking positive, can make a difference. Acts of kindness, a simple smile…these are the things that make a difference. These are the things that CAN change the world for everyone. Let’s let the world know we care…about the environment, the people, the homeless, the starving., the abandoned children, the elderly. We are all one! This is the best gift we can give ourselves and our loved ones! If we don’t change our world…we won’t have a world worth living in. We won’t have a world for our children’s children or grandchildren’s children. Our future depends on what we do today. Let’s make it a future of love and peace and compassion. Let’s give back to Mother Earth what she has so lovingly given us.
Don’t Be a Turkey: Buy Local and Sustainable Food for Your Thanksgiving Feast
Whether you’ve prepared your menu and shopping list already or not, I bet many of the items you will be cooking this Thanksgiving are in season and available at your local farmers market. If you are still looking for inspiration, Martha has some good ideas for seasonal recipes.
Buying local and sustainable food can help create jobs and grow our rural and urban economies, preserve farmland and improve the environment, and provide fresh and healthy food to our family and friends.
For all these reasons, NRDC is working to rebuild sustainable regional food systems. An essential part of this work is encouraging cities and large institutions to buy more local food. We are proud to have worked with New York City and Los Angeles on local food laws and policies that are good models for other cities around the country. We are also advocating for essential distribution infrastructure so more people can have access to fresh, healthy food.
Good government policies and decisions are important but consumer demand is a huge piece of the puzzle and you can use your Thanksgiving feast to do your part. Plus, fresh, local food tastes great so your guests will be happy too!
These days it’s not so hard to find local and sustainable food but here are a few tips to maximize your next trip to the farmers market.
- Use NRDC’s buy local app to find a farmers market near you and check out what is in season ahead of time.
- Look for a market that accepts SNAP benefits (many do nowadays) and also ask if they have an incentive program—like New York’s Health Bucks—to stretch your SNAP dollars further.
- Talk turkey and beyond with your farmer. Ask your farmer about their growing practices (e.g. how do they limit their use of antibiotics and pesticides). They’ll love talking about their farm and learning more about how your food is grown makes your consumer voice even more powerful. And finally, make sure to thank your farmer for providing your family with healthy and sustainably grown food.
- HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE THANKSGIVING!
Cheerios contain GMOs! Who knew? Guess I won’t be buying them anymore. I’m finding this to be true of most cereals. So sad…I loved Cheerios! All the more reason for getting truth in labeling, especially as to whether they contain GMOs. We have the right to know!
Have to make this short as I’m putting together my apple pies for Thanksgiving this weekend. It’s a lot of work but definitely worth the effort.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE!