Every Thanksgiving we are reminded of how grateful we are to all of you who are working to create a better food system. We love Thanksgiving, because it’s the perfect opportunity to say thank you by supporting local farms and food artisans.
In honor of this food-filled holiday, we share this (oldie-but-a-goodie) 100-mile Thanksgiving Infographic from Sustainable America. The graphic is chock-full of tips to help you source more sustainable ingredients and lower the carbon footprint of your turkey day feast.
Pulling from data from sources including The Daily Green, Business Insider and Slate, the graphic illustrates how shopping locally for Thanksgiving is actually pretty easy to do. The holiday is essentially a national seasonal feast, so find out if staples like pumpkins, apples, potatoes and brussels sprouts are in season in your neck of the woods. Buying these items locally requires a fraction of the food miles their conventionally-grown counterparts do (61 miles for locally grown apples vs. 1,726 for conventional, for example).
The graphic also highlights some pretty interesting projections about the economic benefits of sourcing locally. If the population of Plymouth, MA alone spent $50 on locally-sourced ingredients, they would invest $275,00o back into the community. Imagine the impact that shift could have on local economies on a larger scale.
Have a gander at the infographic below to get tips on sourcing a sustainable bird, minimizing food waste, ecodriving for your trip home and a whole lot more.