Clean, green dining for Earth Day and beyond
April 22nd, 2014
09:00 AM ET
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April 22 is Earth Day, and there's no better way to start celebrating and protecting the planet than by taking a closer look at what's on your plate.

We're challenging everyone we know to grow one thing - just one thing - that they can eat, and of course, we're putting our money where our mouth is and planting a garden, ourselves.

You could also consider joining a CSA (that's community supported agriculture), buying direct at a farmers market, staying as local as possible, keeping a close eye on the origins of your seafood or supporting chefs who are doing the right things for the environment.

What's the payoff? Oh, just saving the world is all. As author and "Bizarre Foods" host Andrew Zimmern told us, "If everyone grew what they could, supported urban farms and community gardens in cities and local CSAs, the pressure relief on our overtaxed system would be immense. The resulting dollar shift would be staggering and deliver a positive shot in the arm to local economies. Our food would also be safer. Small action here can yield tremendous impact, immediately."

Chew on that while you explore our simple and endlessly delicious tips for eating eco-friendly.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. glenda

    Happy Birthday Earth Day, you're now 44 years old.

    April 22, 2014 at 6:48 pm |
  2. Paul

    I celebrate earth day by firing up the grill and cooking a couple of good steaks.

    April 22, 2014 at 6:27 pm |
  3. Pete

    Be sure to celebrate the 145th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin's birth tonight by turning on ALL your lights and running your cars from 8:30 to 9:30 PM local time!

    April 22, 2014 at 6:23 pm |
  4. C W Messenger

    I keep forgetting. Is this the day we are supposed to offer up our virgin sacrifices to mother earth and dance around in a circle with little or no clothes on? Or is that another holiday?

    April 22, 2014 at 6:21 pm |
    • RC

      I thought that was every day........

      April 23, 2014 at 1:08 pm |
  5. palintwit

    Sarah Palin believes that the earth is only 6,000 years old and that early man walked with the dinosaurs. Sarah Palin believes that early man rode dinosaurs to church every Sunday and parked them in the Roman Coliseum. Sarah Palin also believes that the first automobiles really were foot powered just like on the Flintstones.

    April 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm |
    • VladT

      Sarah Palin also wishes you would adhere to the restraining order she filed against you over six years ago

      April 23, 2014 at 2:05 am |
  6. claudius1964

    This is about as interesting as a 50 pound bag of fertilizer.

    April 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm |
  7. Carn E. Vore

    "Protecting the planet"...what a joke. There's nothing wrong with the planet. It's the dominant species on it that's f*#ked.

    April 22, 2014 at 11:53 am |
  8. User

    I think we should get rid of the "organic" delusion.

    April 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
  9. Ann

    At the very least, grow some parsley. I keep it going on my windowsill all winter. Very easy to grow, and then you can just use it as you need it – not have to buy it in huge bunches that will go bad before you use them up.

    April 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • benhoody

      I do the same with my "pot" plants.

      April 23, 2014 at 3:18 am |
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