With the mission of promoting an agri-food system with sustainable environmental practices, HIVOS, a Dutch non-profit organization, created the website “Yo como verde” (I Eat Green) in 2014.
For now, this project is being conducted in Costa Rica and Guatemala and offers consumers who want to eat organic products or stay in a sustainable hotel the ability to find out where to go.
The I Eat Green route is an interactive map that showsplaces where food is sold as well as hotels and restaurants that try to reduce their impact on natural resources such as soil and water. On the map, you can see a list of all of the points of sale with contact information and addresses.
In addition to offering the possibility of finding this route, the website also includes a blog that shares important facts about the origin and practices that are used to produce environmentally friendly food, the nutritional benefits of some foods and a section with vegan and vegetarian recipes.
“The idea is to empower the consumer so that he is the one who wants to contribute to a better planet, consume these products and by means of the route of healthy food, know where to get them. We try to promote different agri-food systems, for them to consider the sustainability of natural resources as a very important point and reduce the impact on climate change as well asbetter food distribution,” said Pablo Alvarez, spokesperson for the project.
For now, the Luna Nueva farm in Peñas Blancas is the only point of sales registered in Guanacaste but the developers hope to expand the list in the coming months.
To register your business, you can send an email to [email protected] or communicate through Facebook Yo como verde. You will be asked to fill out a form to assess whether your business complies with the guidelines to be included within the route.