Community: Love Live Local

Food Sustainability Information

As Massachusett’s food and nutrition leaders, we would like to help you make decisions regarding you food choices with consideration for inclusivity as well as environmental, economic and social implications that impact food sufficiency and sustainability.

Definition of Food Sustainability:

Sustain means to hold something. Sustainability means capable of being maintained over the long term and meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. (From ADA Position Statement 2007 J Am Diet Assoc. 2007;107:1033-1043)

Sustainability recognizes the interdependence of people, culture, economy in both urbanized and rural environments.  Foods that are "closer to nature" have a lower impact on the environment.

We encourage environmentally responsible practices that conserve natural resources, minimize the quantity of waste generated, and support the ecological sustainability of the food system- the process of food production, transformation, distribution, access, and consumption. We support programs and encourages practices that combat hunger and malnutrition, produce food security, promote self-sufficiency, respect local cultures, and are environmentally and economically sustainable.

What is eating sustainably? Meals composed of foods that contribute to human health and also encourage the sustainability of food production.

Where to start and what to do?

  • Reduce waste (food and packaging); buy or eat seasonally (choose local).

  • Support our Local Farmers

  • Check out Buy Fresh Buy Local. The site lists all farmers markets, farm stands, pick your own farms, and CSAs on Cape Cod by county as well as by type of food and market.