Food Sustainability

CSNN is all about food sustainability practices and eating organic! Check out the below for articles and tips on how our health is connected to the quality of food we eat, what are the “Dirty Dozen”, how to eat organic on a budget, and more. 


  • Eating Organic on a Budget – It’s a common complaint that organic food is too expensive, but there are tons of benefits to eating organic. Debora Palmieri, R.H.N., shares the benefits and also some tips.
  • What it Means to Eat Organic – ‘Organic’ has become a very loose and overused term in our society. Rachel Murray, R.H.N., explains what ‘organic’ really means, and why it matters.
  • The Link Between Organic Food and Our Health –  “While it’s positive and empowering to have organic food become a mainstream item, it’s important to have a firm understanding of its benefits and impact on our health and the health of our planet.” Mara Panacci, R.H.N., shares how organic food can boost your health.

Food Before Supplements

Why Choose Organic?

  • WEBINAR: Why Choose Organic to Impact Your Health and Wellbeing – Presented by Alexander Arthur, R.H.N. for Organic Week 2022. This webinar will explore the importance of how your food choices impact the environment and why we should be choosing organic. A brief overview will be provided on the benefits of biodiversity, microbiome in soil and in humans, and how food choice equals power.

Environmental Working Group

Dirty Dozen: EWG’s 2022 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ – Reduce your exposure to toxic pesticide residues with the Environmental Working Group’s ‘Dirty Dozen™’ and ‘Clean Fifteen™’ lists.

The Many Ways to Use Apple Butter – Fall’s Tastiest Condiment. It’s Apple Season! This versatile and tasty condiment is sure to please. Here’s an easy recipe for a sugar-free spiced apple butter along with some new ideas on how you can use it to boost your meals this fall. Recipe from Lisa Cheverie, C.H.N.C. 

Nothing says autumn like a cozy soup with warming spices. Here is a simple recipe to add to your soup repertoire. This is delightfully creamy while being vegan and dairy-free. Recipe from Brittany Gordon, R.H.N. 

The Best Slow Cooker Smoky Chilli – Here is an easy dinner idea that is nourishing, hearty, and sure to be a crowd pleaser this fall. It’s full of nutrients and fiber, healthy fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals. What more could you want? Recipe from Erin Lamb, C.H.N.C. 

Do you love Mexican food? Add some excitement to Meatless Monday. This is a flavour fiesta on a plate while being nourishing and vegan to boot. This is a great recipe if you’re wanting to try something new and practice your cooking skills. Recipe from Roslyn Kent, R.H.N. 

Pumpkins contain key nutrients to help support healthy blood pressure and a healthy immune system while being a great source of fiber. Add this amazing ingredient to your pancakes for a delicious and nutritious treat! Recipe from Nicole Biletski, C.H.N.C. 

This is a podcast from 2 CSNN grads, Leesa Klich and Lindsay Finnie-Carvalho (rEATsearch). They look over some studies about climate change mitigation through dietary change, greenhouse gases, sustainable diets, and more. Very interesting! Listen to the podcast or read the transcript.

Don’t waste those carrot tops! You can compost them, of course, but why not make it into a pesto? This tasty sauce has a huge nutritional punch. Pair it with pasta, salads, buddha bowls, or steamed veggies. Recipe from Alyssa Flegg, R.H.N.

As it gets colder with the change in seasons, it’s the perfect time to cozy up with some soul-warming soup! This is a simple recipe infused with coconut milk and garam masala. Recipe from Geeta Sethi, R.H.N.

Things might be busier in September with school and other activities, but this recipe comes to the rescue. Even if you’re low on time and energy, you can whip up a super easy, delicious, AND healthy bowl of ramen. Recipe from Beth Bierema, R.H.N.

Christina Anania, R.H.N., has a simple but tasty recipe for Sweet Potato Gnocchi. These are a pillowy, comforting, and nutritious fall dinner. Try them! 

Looking for new ways to spice up your wraps? Or how about tasty new veggie combinations to keep things fresh? Nicole Kaumanns, R.H.N. shares her go-to version. Give it a try!

Laura Brining, R.H.N., makes a rich and delicious classic comfort dish that is vegan and gluten-free. Try her shepherd’s pie recipe tonight! 

Tanya Church, R.H.N., writes about how we can all choose better produce with fewer pesticides and chemicals, even if you’re on a budget, and why it’s important. Article from EcoParent. 

 A simple how-to guide on how to use up herbs and make amazing tasting oil. Petra Scott, R.H.N. shares how to do this and also some of the benefits of herbs, different herb flavour variations, and more.

Fall Spiced Apple Chutney

Andrea Brown, R.H.N., has a delicious way to use up those apples this fall.  Full of warming spices, this versatile chutney can be eaten many ways!

Food sustainability and eating organic go hand-in-hand with the green movement and caring about the environment. Random Acts of Green lets you earn green points for your eco-friendly actions and redeem them for real-life rewards. Download the app today. 

Eco-Nutrition Course

Eco-Nutrition explores the facts about metal and other elements in food, air and water and their effect on our health. Students gain insight into both the major causes of pollution and the existing threats to both the Earth’s and human immune systems. Students learn to make food choices that are wholesome and safe for everyone.

“Digging the City: An Urban Agriculture Manifesto” by Rhona McAdam and “Ripe from Around Here: A Vegan Guide to Local and Sustainable Eating” are great reads to add to your list. You can find more books on holistic nutrition and cookbooks on our “Books Written by CSNN Graduates” page.

My time with CSNN was by far my greatest education experience. It was exactly what I needed and I am so happy with my career thus far. I am so excited for my future in this field! 

Skylar Nesbitt, CSNN Grad