Real Food Daily
Real Food Daily has always been a champion of the environment by virtue of serving organic vegan fare: Eating a plant-based diet goes further than any other single effort—including driving a hybrid car—to lower one’s carbon footprint and help preserve the environment. As the word gets out that truly going green means going meatless, we’re proud to continue offering the same fantastic vegan fare that makes doing the right thing so delicious. And we’ve taken our commitment to sustainability further, too.
Our food is made from fresh vegetables, whole grains, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, natural condiments, sea vegetables, and soy products. Ninety percent of our food is grown by local farmers, using certified organic farming methods. Our food is cooked in stainless steel cookware with water that has been purified through reverse osmosis. We do not own a microwave oven. Our food is balanced according to Eastern health philosophies and heart-healthy western nutrition recommendations. Not only is it free of all animal products, but it’s also free of refined sugars, white flours, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners. And with the exception of a few items (like tortillas, tempeh, and tofu), nearly all of our food is made fresh at RFD.
The fare. RFD serves a 100-percent vegan menu—no meat, fish, fowl, dairy, eggs, butter, cholesterol, or saturated fats from animals or animal by-products. While vegetarians have long known that their diet is a much more sustainable one than eating meat, this revelation has recently exploded into the mainstream: The United Nations is recommending going meatless one day a week as a way to combat climate change, and Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health has spearheaded its Meatless Monday initiative with the stated goal of reducing meat consumption by 15 percent to improve personal health and that of the planet. Across the pond, Paul McCartney’s Meat Free Monday does the same thing, urging socially responsible people to go vegetarian at least one day a week. And The PB&J Campaign makes its point in a simple but compelling way: “Each time you have a plant-based lunch like a PB&J, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by the equivalent of 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over an average animal-based lunch.”
These days, it’s hard for socially responsible consumers to ignore the bloated volume of water, energy, and land that it takes to raise animals and convert them to food—especially when compared to the fraction of those resources that are needed to produce plant-based foods.
The ingredients. Nearly all of the produce used at RFD is grown on local organic farms using organic methods—in fact, I’ve been committed to cooking with organics since 1988. Organic produce not only supports personal health by keeping chemicals out of our food and water supply, it also supports the health of our environment: Organic farmers have to build their soil the old-fashioned way, through compost, crop rotation, and cover cropping. Farmers who use chemicals instead deplete topsoil, degrading what took nature millions of years to produce, polluting the environment, the water supply, and the resulting produce in the process. Here at RFD, we also buy locally as much as possible: Locally grown produce not only reminds us to cook seasonally, which always tastes better, but it also keeps our produce from logging so many wasteful, pollution-producing miles during transit.
The water. At RFD, the water we cook with and serve has been filtered and purified with our state-of-the-art reverse osmosis water filtration system: It first filters out many harmful chemicals and impurities from the water with charcoal filters, then balances the mineral content, and finally passes through a reverse-osmosis filter to further purify the water. The result is healthy, safe, clean, and fantastic-tasting water. It’s a sensible alternative to buying water that’s been trucked in thousands of miles in plastic bottles, which aren’t good for you or the environment. In fact, many RFD customers bring their empty water containers with them when they dine here, to fill up on our clean, pure drinking water.
To-go containers. RFD uses biodegradable to-go containers as part of Santa Monica’s citywide ban on polystyrene and non-recyclable plastic. Polystyrene, commonly used for foam containers and disposable cutlery, doesn’t biodegrade, isn’t easily recyclable, and is notorious for winding up as unsightly and unhealthy litter.
Compost. Kitchen scraps like carrot tops, onion peels, and coffee grounds don’t belong in the trash can—this organic matter can be easily composted and used for landscaping or gardening, adding more nutrients back to the soil and keeping our contributions to the landfill to a minimum. That’s why RFD is part of a local composting program, which keeps all of our compostable scraps right where they belong.
Sustainability. RFD SaMo is certified by the Santa Monica Green Business Certification Program as a green business. Click logo below to read about SaMo’s greening efforts!