Fruit

8 ways to Green Your Fruit

Whether you stick strictly to green grapes, drool over dates, or dabble in fruit esoterica, (mangosteen smoothie, anyone?) fruit is an indispensable part of one's daily diet and a vital component of global agriculture. As concern over the environmental consequences of conventional farming and long-haul transportation grows, there are steps to ensure that the fruit you buy and consume doesn't harm the earth or your health.

  1. Buy local produce

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    With new farmers markets popping up everywhere, its getting easier to find local foods.

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  2. Buy organic produce

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    Fruit that has been grown free of pesticides and other chemical treatments benefits both the environment and your health.

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  3. Buy GMO-free produce

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    The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have opened a Pandora's box of potential dilemmas ranging from agricultural and environmental dangers to human health repercussions.

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  4. Buy unwaxed fruit

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    Although FDA-approved, food-grade wax makes your fruit shiny (and prolongs its shelf life), it originates at not-so-shiny oil refineries.

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  5. Buy Fair Trade Certified fruit

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    Your favorite imported fruits—pineapple, bananas, mangoes, and grapes—can be Fair Trade Certified, assuring social, economic, and environmental balance in the countries where they're grown.

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  6. Choose non-wrapped fruit and vegetables

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    Cut down on landfill-clogging waste such as plastic wrap and Styrofoam by purchasing fruit and veggies without bags, or take your own reusable sacks to the grocery store.

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  7. Wash your produce naturally

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    Cleaning your produce helps to remove soil, wax, and other bad additives, even from organic varieties. Using natural products ensures your fruits and veggies are truly clean.

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  8. Cut it up as soon as it's ripe

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    How often do you throw fruit away with the excuse that it's gone bad. There's an easy way around it.

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