Eat for Good

Oxfam’s guide to shopping and eating sustainably.

Did you know that fighting hunger and saving the planet can start right at your kitchen table? Our consumer decisions are powerful. Changes in how we buy, cook, and eat can make a big difference, for people all over the world. Try these five simple tips next time you go grocery shopping or cook a meal.

Take our quiz

Text EAT4GOOD to 97779 to test your knowledge of food, farming, and hunger.

Save food

About one-third of all food produced for people’s plates goes to waste. To conserve resources, save your leftovers at home and in restaurants, and plan meals before going to the store. 

This recipe for skillet chilaquiles contributed by Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of the Border Grill fosters creativity in the kitchen while reducing food waste, and this recipe from Chef Mo L’Esperance of Tiburon Tavern for carrot top pesto reduces waste by extending the use of ingredients.

Use leftovers

Shop seasonal

A lot of energy is wasted growing food in the wrong place or at the wrong time of year. Find out what grows seasonally near you and then make the smartest choices for your location and budget - like this recipe from chef Alice Waters for celery root soup, which is in season throughout the fall and winter.

Try the recipe

Eat less meat

Change the menu by making a vegetarian meal for yourself or your family at least once a week. Growing vegetables or beans uses far less water and land than raising animals, and reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions, too.

This squash blossom risotto recipe by Holly Smith and kale and tomato stew recipe from Amanda Freitag both make for a hearty vegetarian meal, all while helping take pressure off the planet.

Prepare a meal

Support farmers

Only a small percentage of what we spend on food actually reaches the people who farm and produce it. To help, look for products, brands and restaurants that ensure small-scale farmers and workers get a fair deal.

For example, look for a brand of rice that guarantees a fair price for small-scale farmers when making this chickpea rice pilaf recipe, contributed by chef Aarti Sequeira.

Cook better rice

Cook smart

A few simple changes to the way you cook can reduce wasted water and energy. Try covering your pan with a lid, reducing the heat as soon as the water starts to boil, and turning off your kitchen appliances when not in use.

Try this tip by making chef Jamie Oliver's recipe for a sweet pear and apple salad, which can be made without even turning on your stove.

Try this salad

Join the movement

Text EAT4GOOD to 97779 for more tips, recipes, and ways you can help fight hunger and save the planet. Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Google+