Take the Sustainable Food Budget Challenge

The Crunchy Chicken is full of down-to-earth tips for real people who want to live greener. She came up with a great challenge for the month of April, one that makes sense to most of us in this economy.

The Sustainable Food Budget Challenge

Her rules:

1. If not LOCALLY PRODUCED, then Organic.
2. If not ORGANIC, then Family farm.
3. If not FAMILY FARM, then Local business.
4. If not a LOCAL BUSINESS, then Terroir: purchase foods famous for the region they are grown in.
5. Hit the farmers market before the supermarket.

Already sounds a little challenging, right? Now try to do all of the above with what the Food Stamps program allots for a household your size for a month. That's $176 for one person and $323 for two.

It will take some creative shopping, but if you avoid packaged foods the pledge sounds possible. For some hints on which fruits and vegetables really should be bought organic, and which conventionally-grown versions tend not to be too bad, see the GreenYourBlog.

What it doesn't mention is all the time and effort it takes to get and keep your food stamps, which would make the pledge even more challenging for a real food stamp user.

Look at Crunchy Chicken's tips for taking the challenge.

Tags: Benefits, Cheap, Family, Food stamps, Government, Local food, Shopping, Sustainable food, Thrifty

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