to my dictionary, to "sustain" means to supply
with nourishment; to support; to preserve.
"Sustainable" refers to something that helps
maintain or conserve our energy and resources. My morning
coffee and granola come to mind.
can sustain us as well. Recently co-workers and I
participated in an event entitled "Sustaining Community
Connections" hosted by California State University at
Monterey Bay. It recognized supportive partnerships in our
community, including Kids Eat Right, a program provided by
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Volunteers and
staff were recognized for their efforts to sustain the
health of elementary school children through fun physical
activity and good food choices. Yay, team!
recently there was an amazing event hosted by the
Sustainable Foods Institute at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
"Cooking for Solutions" was a food and wine
occasion to feature ocean-friendly masterpieces created by
local Monterey chefs with sustainable (there’s that word
guests dined on the likes of Buttermilk Mousse of Trout,
Pickled Ecuadorian Shrimp and Verlasso Smoked Salmon on
chive biscuits, we learned that sustainable food is produced
in a way that does not encroach on other habitats or harm
the environment. Perhaps most surprising at this event,
however, was the revelation that farmed seafood is not a
is a new message — that farmed seafood can be sustainable,
I was told by Sheila Bowman from the Aquarium’s Seafood
Watch Program. Farming practices over the past 10 years have
improved to the point that several farmed fish species are
now included on their "Best Choices" list.
the environment is considered and good practices are used,
it is possible to create sustainably farmed seafood,"
explained Emerson Brown, also of Seafood Watch. What are
"good practices"? Operations that keep fish
healthy and prevent the escape of non-native fish into the
example, some Atlantic salmon is farmed in recirculating
aquaculture systems that separate the fish from the
surrounding environment. Salmon farmed in this manner is now
on the Seafood Watch "Best Choice" list for
consumers. And Atlantic Verlasso salmon from Chile is
considered a "Good Alternative." Other sustainably
farmed seafood choices include oysters, clams, mussels,
scallops and Rainbow trout. There really is such a thing as
responsible aquaculture, say these experts.
we are sustained and nourished, supported and preserved in
many ways, from our food and nutrition choices to personal
and work relationships. It’s a lifestyle that — along
with good coffee and granola — can benefit us all