“…the small decisions we make can truly change the world.”
– Alice Waters, in the foreword to A Slice of Organic Life
As fears grow about our planet’s climbing temperatures, increasing pollution, and environmentally triggered illness, everyone wants to know what can be done in their own homes and backyards to keep themselves, their families, and their environment safe and thriving. A Slice of Organic Life offers simple solutions about what each one of us can do to help ourselves and the world.Have lots of property? Why not grow your own produce? Already have a garden and feeling daring? Raise chickens! Live in a tiny city apartment? Don't underestimate the power of the consumer -- buy local and organic products! Whether you are just beginning your journey towards minimizing your family’s ecological footprint on the planet, or a seasoned eco-expert looking for ways to do even more, this is the one resource for everyone and every lifestyle!
A Slice of Organic Life includes helpful information on shopping, from choosing locally and organically grown produce, to key ingredients to look out for in cleaning materials, as well as the best materials for DIY projects!
Did you know…
• If we continue fishing along current trends, by 2050 we will exhaust our resources for edible fish.
• The average item on sale at the supermarket has been transported 1000 miles.
• A kiwi creates 5 times its weight in CO2 when shipped across the world.
• One fourth of all the energy used in our homes goes to heating water.
• Food transportation is responsible for a quarter of all semi-trucks on the road.
• Appliances on stand-by, such as cell phone chargers, account for 8% of electricity consumption.
What you can do…
In The Kitchen…
- Boil only the amount of water needed at one time.
- Use crumbled newspaper to keep your freezer packed.
At the Grocery Store…
- Buy local and buy organic—farmers who are certified organic are limited to using 7 natural pesticides, while commercial farmers can use up to 450 pesticides.
Around the House…
- Donate old and unused paint, wallpaper, and excess household items to charitable organizations rather than disposing of them.
On the Road…
- Half of all car trips are fewer than 2 miles—take a look at your routine and see if you can walk or bike.
In The Backyard…
- Construct a barbeque pit from a clay pot.
About the contributors
“It’s impossible to exaggerate the value of acting together.”
Editor-in-Chief Sheherazade Goldsmith was oblivious to environmental issues until she became a mother. Concerned about the poor quality of commercially available food, Sheherazade opened a successful organic deli that specializes in home-cooked food for babies and young children. Together with her husband Zac Goldsmith, editor of the magazine Ecologist, Sheherazade divides her time between a home in London and a small organic farm in Devon, England.
Author of eight cookbooks and owner of Chez Panisse (named best restaurant in the United States by Gourmet Magazine in 2001),in Berkeley, California, Alice Waters has championed small and local organic farms and ranches for more than three decades. Credited for helping change the food landscape in America, Alice brought her ideas into the academic curriculum by founding the highly acclaimed Edible Schoolyard at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley.