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- Information on Sustainable Sourcing:
- Future Harvest’s ‘Amazing Grazing directory‘ will help you find local, sustainable sources for Maryland grass-fed meat, poultry, and dairy.
- Maryland’s Best: Linking Farmers to Consumers showcases local farmers, ranchers, dairies, and nurseries.
- Eat Wild’s ‘Pastured Products Directory‘ for Maryland
- Sustainable Table’s ‘Seasonal Food Guide‘ will allow you to search food by state, season or produce.
- Or check out Maryland Organic Food & Farming Association’s list of farms with CSAs.
- Be an Educated Consumer:
- ASPCA’s labeling guide for meat, eggs and dairy. This guide helps you to decipher and break down labels and certifications related to animal welfare.
- The ASPCA’s Farmer’s Tool for Understanding Animal Welfare Certification.
- Make the best seafood choices with this Seafood Guide from Food and Water Watch.
- Learn about food labels with Food and Water Watch’s ‘How Much do Labels Tell You?’
- Sustainable Table’s ‘The Meat to Eat‘ glossary of production terms
- Environmental Working Group’s ‘Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce‘™
- Look for heritage breeds of livestock and poultry when choosing your meat.
- Know the Environmental Impacts of the Foods You Buy:
- Eating with a Conscience database from Beyond Pesticides evaluates the impacts on the environment and farmworkers from toxic chemicals used on major food crops.
- Water Reporter crowdsourcing app for Apple and Android allows you to self-report water quality and pollution.
- Swim Guide app for Apple and Android shows water quality monitoring reports (by location) from Riverkeepers, Coastkeepers, Lakekeepers and affiliated groups.
- Check out North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education’s free e-book on sustainable agriculture.