Post from the Past: Diet for a Hot Planet

Original post date 3/24/10


Thirty-nine years ago, Frances Moore Lappe published Diet for a Small Planet (I still have my grandmother’s copy). Now her daughter, and co-founder of the Small Planet InstituteAnna Lappe, has published Diet for a Hot Planet, updating the world on the need to make sustainable food choices.

I highly recommend reading the book, but some of the things we can all do are to eat less meat and to make sustainable meat choices. Yes, grass-fed, local beef may be more expensive, but if you have to pay more and therefore eat less, you kind of get a diet at the same time–and you get higher quality meat that hasn’t been feed antibiotics, even to healthy animals as Katie Couric explains on CBS, and also contains the right omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, which is crucial for brain health among other functions like reducing depression.

And here’s the kicker: whole, healthy food like this satisfies you. Wouldn’t you agree that you’d rather have a filet than a flank steak? Well, eating grass-fed beef is like getting filet all the time–and when you look at it that way, it’s cheap.

The best grocery store in Charleston to buy local, quality meat is Earth FareHealthy Home Foods also offers customized meat service with local and organic meats and seafood. Restaurants like Cypress (and its sister restaurants Blossom and Magnolia), McCrady’sHominy Grill, and High Cotton (and all Maverick Southern Kitchen restaurants) frequently if not exclusively purchase local beef, pork, chicken, and seafood, and Guerilla Cuisine, Charleston’s underground dining experience, makes its focus local and sustainable food, whether meat or vegetables.

The other part of this “involuntary” diet is to cut back on junk food, which “may prove even more destructive than S.U.Vs.” But we’ll talk about that later.

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