On Earth Day, we honor and reflect on our physical environment and recommit to protecting nature. Many sources are quick to point out that big business is responsible for over 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. This alone can be overwhelming, and many argue that the solution is rooted in systematic change. Even if greenhouse gas emissions are not a problem we can solve alone, individual efforts are worth investing in and directly impact our local communities. At Seward Co-op, we support organizations doing the work to change systems and strive to offer individuals options for minimizing their contribution to climate change. Learn more about how shopping at the co-op can help you maximize positive impacts on the environment.
How far does your food travel?
Transporting food from across the country and overseas is taxing on the environment, and contributes to emissions. Because we are in Minnesota, “food miles” in the winter and spring are incredibly difficult to avoid. However, in the summer and fall when nature’s bounty is available, purchasing produce from local farmers through Seward Co-op significantly reduces food mileage. Other options include purchasing a CSA share, buying starter plants (coming soon to our stores!), or starting plants from seeds at home.
How do you travel to the co-op?
Choose to go green when getting your groceries at the co-op! Walk, take public transit, or carpool during nice weather to cut down on emissions. Riding your bike? Snag a Cycle Perks sticker at customer service. Each month, one lucky Cycle Perks biker wins a $50 gift card for biking to the co-op!
Buy a CSA share during our CSA Fair!
Community supported agriculture, or CSA, is one of the best ways to eliminate food miles and emissions, while also supporting the local food system. When you purchase a CSA you’re investing in local farmers and providing resources they need up front to buy seeds and soil nutrients, as well as to pay farmworkers a fair wage. Choosing food directly from a farm means your delicious, locally-grown greens, tomatoes and squash take far fewer rides in gas-guzzling vehicles before arriving at your door. Seward Co-op hosts our annual CSA Fair because we know local agriculture has many positive impacts, including protecting our environment and sustaining rural communities.