Sustainable Thanksgiving

Sarah Butler, MS, RD, LDN

With Thanksgiving just around the corner we turned to our trusted source, Sabrina Pashtan, Sustainability Coordinator for Boston University Dining Services to gain insight into how we can make this Thanksgiving a Sustainable Thanksgiving.

Here are Sabrina’s top four tips:

  1. Shop at your local farmers markets. Check out Farm Fresh to find out where is the closest farmers market to you, that is still open. Local ingredients should also be available at your local grocery store. Make sure to check the labels and signs!
  2. Use the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen List to know which fruits and vegetables are best to buy organic, based on pesticide residue. You can focus your dollars on fruits and veggies on the Dirty Dozen List and save some by buying conventional from the Clean Fifteen List.
  3. Use reusable platters and plates for your holiday meals to reduce waste. Also, remember to cook that pumpkin sitting on the stoop. It will make for a delicious pie! Here’s instructions on how to cook down a pumpkin.
  4. Look for turkeys and birds that are free-range, antibiotic-free and Humane-Certified, which means they have been raised humanely. There are several other third-party certifications to recognize humanely-raised meats, including Animal Welfare Approved Certified and the Global Animal Partnership.

    Having Sabrina as part of our team is something we are truly thankful for this Thanksgiving season.  Thank you Sabrina!


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