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So What CAN We Eat?

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So maybe some of you kids have it easy when it comes to eating green: you're a vegetarian or vegan, you don't eat dairy, and you shop at your local farmer's market every week. You probably bike a lot and never talk on your cell phone while you're driving. Congratulations, you're our editor! But for the rest of us mortals, the recent explosion of articles and blog posts about "Sustainability!" "Grain Shortages!" "Carbon Footprints!" "OMG WTF BBQ Cow Farts!", etc, might leave you wondering: so what the hell am I SUPPOSED to eat?

It's understandable: everywhere you look, it seems like Michael Pollan is waving his finger at you, telling you "Don't eat meat. Okay, eat less meat. Eat more vegetables, but don't buy asparagus in the winter. Fish is good, except for all this other fish that isn't good. Groceries are more expensive, but you should still be paying more! Eat local, but eating local is just a hipster fad." It's enough to drive the well-intentioned omnivore totally mad. (Especially when they're telling us to eat less cheese. Are you serious? LESS CHEESE? Next thing you know they'll be taking away our beer.)

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So in honor of Earth Week, let's make an effort to cut through the crap and look at how just a few changes in your eating habits can positively affect the earth -- without negatively affecting your palate. What CAN we eat?