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While buying sustainable food is good for your health and good for the planet, it can be hard to keep track of the long journey our food takes on its way to our mouths, and farmer’s markets don’t always have every product that we need. Growing practices, processing, and transportation are only a few of the questions that need to be asked when shopping consciously, so here are the top grocery stores in the Bay that make sustainable food much easier to access.
Buying food that is good for you and the environment can be complicated, and not everyone has the time to check every label on every product before purchasing so Alameda Natural Grocery makes it easy by holding high standards for the products they sell. More importantly, they make their standards and their mission for the community clear, so when you see their slogan (‘Beyond Just Groceries. Commodities with a Conscience’), you can be sure it stands for something and that you won’t find any chemically processed foods, synthetic ingredients, fillers, sweeteners or additives, trans fats, non-organic refined white sugar, MSG, chemical food coloring, or chemical preservatives. Alameda Natural Grocery offers a careful selection of everything from organic, local, and seasonal veggies to non-chemical cleaning products, making it not only a specialty store, but a one-stop-shop.
Alameda Natural Grocery, 1650 Park St., Alameda, CA, USA +1 510 865 1500
One of two locations of The Natural Grocery Company, Berkeley Natural Grocery Company features entirely organic produce, all natural meats, and FishWise seafood. They make up for their small size with friendly and helpful staff, a wide variety of non-GMO products, and lots of fresh locally grown options. Save 10 percent off produce by purchasing in case quantity, or make a special order at no additional cost.
Trader Joe’s mission is to bring its customers unbranded, unconventional products at a great value. They cover a huge variety of dietary needs like vegan and gluten-free and provide delicious alternatives, like vegan soy chorizo and meatless meatballs. When you buy a product that bears the Trader Joe’s private label, it comes with a promise that it meets their set standards and that it is taste tester approved. As an added bonus, if you don’t like what you buy, you can return it for a refund with no hassle. Never leave the store without picking up free coffee and the free sample of the day!
Whole Foods is a health-nut wonderland, with every aisle bringing you new and exciting ways to treat your body and the environment with respect. They employ store-wide standards that makes it easy to figure out how your food was grown. Their website is transparent, with their standards for organic produce, sustainable seafood, animal welfare, body care, cleaning products clearly listed, so it’s easy to quickly check that you’re buying the best before you enjoy. You can shop their groceries or even choose from their delicious ready-made selection, knowing there are no hydrogenated fats or artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners in any of their products.