Food choices matter to our health, community and world around us. Many of us want to make sustainable choices, but it’s not always easy to know what’s truly most sustainable.

Producing food is a complex, interconnected process and the practices used can impact our environment, economics and social well-being. A change that benefits one area can have unintended tradeoffs in another.

At Best Food Facts we want to understand how farmers and food companies weigh those pros and cons to make choices they feel improve sustainability. We’ve talked to food experts to get beyond buzzwords and uncover what it really means to make sustainable choices. We invited nine popular bloggers to visit with farmers, food companies and experts to learn about sustainable farming and food production – and share their thoughts.

Sustainability is meeting present needs while preserving the ability of future generations to meet their own. Dig in below to learn what it means to grow and produce food sustainably.

Optimizing Sustainability is an initiative of The Center for Food Integrity that helps those who grow, produce, distribute and sell food understand and prioritize factors so they can make decisions that are most sustainable.