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Green Restaurant Association - an environmental responsibility

GREENING RESTAURANTS SINCE 1990

The GRA is a national non-profit organization that provides a convenient and cost-effective way for restaurants, manufacturers, distributors, and consumers to become more environmentally responsible.

Problem

It is estimated that the average American meal travels about 1500 miles to get from farm to plate (46).

Solution

Purchase foods that are grown locally and without the use of toxic chemicals. National Organic Standards, which were created and are enforced by the USDA, prohibit the use of toxic synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, irradiation, sewage sludge, and genetic engineering. USDA standards also require the use of organic seeds when available.

As the human population continues to experience exponential growth, currently exceeding 6.7 billion people, our unsustainable consumption and waste threaten the stability of our ecological life support system. Scientists believe that humans are approaching or have already exceeded the Earth’s carrying capacity, defined as the maximum population that can be supported without lasting detrimental effects to ecosystems. Read more from the Green Restaurant Association Website…

The Green Restaurant Association website offers a “Restaurant Finder” database, listing Restaurants that have joined the green movement in major areas like Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego and Washington, DC. – Several listings can be found in the New York Metropolitan area as well as in the suburbs and the list is growing as more Restaurateurs are getting certified.

There are many products in today’s world that claim some sort of environmental responsibility. GRA-Endorsed Products represent the best in the industry and serve to distinguish themselves from products that are lighter shades of green.

In the Hudson Valley, there’s Emma’s Ale House in White Plains, the Rye Country Day School in Rye,  the St. Andrews Cafe at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, the Tarry Lodge in Port Chester, and the Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville. While some
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Source: USDA and the Green Restaurant Association

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