5 ways to be a green parent

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baby eating corn
credit: K Martinko


Food plays a huge role in environmentalism, as it represents a significant portion of one’s carbon footprint. One of the most important things a parent can do, I think, is to teach a child to love food. In other words, please train your kid to eat everything. (How to do this is a post unto itself, but I’ll sum it up in one sentence: Expect no less.)

A child who enjoys vegetables is a child whose diet can be supplied by a local farmers’ market or a CSA share or a homegrown garden, a diet that does not rely on heavily processed, over-packaged, store-bought fake food like fish sticks, bear paws, and yogurt pouches.

Talk to your kids about food waste and the importance of prioritizing the purchase of ‘ugly’ fruits and vegetables. Talk about cooking with what’s going bad, what’s in season, what’s on hand. And teach that kid how to cook, because home cooking, in my opinion, is the closest thing to a magic bullet solution to everything that’s wrong with our world. (More on that in a future post.)

Read: 6 ways to start teaching your kid how to cook
Set your kids free in the kitchen, knives and all
How do you teach kids to love vegetables?

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