Where do your fruits and veggies come from? It is amazing to me how today we are “fortunate” enough to have access to any type of food, no matter the time of year. We eat berries and cucumbers in the middle of winter; we can have oranges in the summer.
Now take a step back and think about:
- how much energy would be saved if that fruit or vegetable did not travel across the country to your plate.
- how much fresher and flavorful that strawberry would taste if it was grown a few miles away or better yet in your backyard.
- the actual fruit or vegetable was picked prior to you taking your first bite. Often farm fresh foods are gathered within 24 hours of being sold, unlike grocery stores where it could have been weeks ago.
- the amount of chemical-based pesticides sprayed on that fruit or veggie, where often small local farms use natural bug deterrents or none at all.
- how that cow or chicken was raised. Most small farms raise their animals in a humane way, thus no antibiotics or growth hormones are given.
- the fertilizer used to grow the fruit and veggies and the grass for the animals. Most often local farms use natural fertilizers compared to nitrogen fertilizers.
Not many people put too much though into where their food comes from. By choosing to eat locally sourced food, you know exactly where it comes from. Heck, you could go visit the actual farm if you wanted to.
Meals which include fresh meat and poultry, milk products, eggs, breads, and grains, fruits and vegetables prepared using locally grown or produced ingredients use far less petroleum to transport. And the money spent on these products will stay in the community longer, which in turn will create jobs and help to preserve family farming.
Eating local is big step to living a greener lifestyle. Just taste the difference yourself.
Are ready to take that step? Or have you already?
So I invite to you to get to know your local famers by visiting a weekly farmers market. Let me know what you discover!
Source: 100 Mile Diet