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Confused about what terms like "local," "green" and "sustainable" mean? You're not the only one trying to weed through it.
Luckily for us, Nate Appleman has an answer or five. He's the Culinary Manager of Chipotle Mexican Grill, a 2009 James Beard Rising Star Chef and a Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef and he's here to clear things up.
"There are a lot of great things happening in food right now as it relates to local and more sustainable. And a lot of food companies that would like for you to think they are part of that," Appleman said.
"When dealing with vague words like 'local' or 'fresh' or 'natural' that have no standard definition, it's important for people to understand what claims are being made, as there are many who try to benefit from using them."
Five Food Words and What They Really Mean - Or Don't: Nate Appleman
But local food also creates and supports opportunities for farmers and food artisans, and that is also important. Buying from local, sustainably minded farmers and food artisans helps contribute to their growth and encourages the next generation of those who will have a respect for the way food is grown, prepared and ultimately consumed."
When looking to purchase sustainable ingredients, look for key terms such as 'naturally raised' and 'hormone free' when selecting meats, 'local' and 'organic' when selecting produce, and 'pasture-raised' when selecting dairy products."
Look for products that use the word 'natural' to describe a specific practice - such as naturally raised meats, which come from animals that are raised in a humane way and without the use of antibiotics or added hormones."
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