Earth Week tips - Sustainable food practices with Dr. BoernerThroughout Earth Week Week 2011, the UNMC LiveGreen team will present tips from employees on how they conserve energy and resources at home and work.
|Shannon Boerner, M.D.|
Shannon Boerner, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine, discusses a tip related to today's theme of sustainabile food practices.
Why are you involved with UNMC LiveGreen?
I had been thinking about finding or starting a group focused on energy conservation here on campus, so I was delighted when I heard about UNMC LiveGreen and volunteered right away. Much of my work focuses on education, both of patients as well as students and residents, and I feel that one important way we educate others is by our own example. I try to live and work in a way that respects and values the resources we have, and being a part of UNMC LiveGreen helps me share this with the UNMC campus.
We buy local whenever possible, for instance, from individuals at a farmers' market, and we drink milk bottled at a local dairy farm. We also make an effort to eat food that is minimally processed -- this is healthier and reduces waste in packaging. Our family has moved toward eating less meat as it is more environmentally costly. I also try to avoid foods with chemical or unpronounceable ingredients, and stick to whole foods. For anyone interested in identifying local farmers' markets, community supported agriculture groups, stores and restaurants dedicated to providing more sustainable food, check out the Eat Well Guide.