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Why Gail Simmons went green and why you should too!

Oct 7, 20070

Ask your local grocer to offer more locally grown ingredients. · Check the labels of the food you purchase to know where it comes from -- be it fruit, meat or cheese. For example, do you really need those Chilean apples? I bet New Jersey produces an apple just as good. When possible, buy items that support your local economy.

Seek out great chefs and restaurants in your area that use local ingredients and have relationships with local farmers. Frequent them.

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Deepen your relationship with the ocean by learning what seafood is native to your area and least likely to be endangered by over fishing and pollution.

Invest in a few sturdy, environmentally friendly shopping bags and take them with you to the market. This will help reduce waste made by non-recyclable plastic bags that markets go through by the truckload.

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