Why You Should Eat Locally Grown Organic Food
When you buy food you probably head to your local supermarket to pick up groceries – but the food you’re buying may not come from where you think it does. More often than not the produce you’re buying comes from halfway around the world, not the local farm up the street. Additionally, it may not be organic food. That’s why learning to EAT LOCALLY is such an important part of eating ORGANIC.
Why eat locally? How we eat has a HUGE impact on the planet. By eating local, organic foods, we can work towards ending global warming, avoid consuming nasty TOXIC chemicals, and support local farmers – all while enjoy the fresh taste of healthy food!
Food that is grown locally gives YOU the chance to buy food DIRECTLY from the farm that is close to you. Thus you are giving back to your local economy. As a result, farmers do not have to worry about packaging and shipping and can harvest and sell crops that are picked at the height of freshness. Essentially, you get the best possible, environmentally friendly product.
Supporting local farmers also means supporting safer food and protecting biodiversity. Better yet, when you buy from ORGANIC farmers, you also don’t have to worry about genetically altered crops or fruits and vegetables grown with synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, preservatives and additives like you would with conventionally grown food. If you need to find a farmer’s market close to you, check out Organic Liaison’s Organic Network Locator, which allows you to find the nearest farmer’s markets, restaurants, and grocery stores with organic foods.
Ever noticed how good a freshly picked piece of fruit tastes? That’s because it’s…well, FRESH! Locally grown produce means fresher, better tasting, nutritionally richer food. When you shop for produce in the supermarket, that piece of fruit has been either in transit or sitting in storage for days – even WEEKS – before you buy it, and end up with a shorter shelf life. At your local farmers market you’re purchasing fruit that has often been picked within 24 hours of buying it. You also get to try out the variety of foods available during different seasons, which are less expensive and more abundant – find out what kind of produce is available this season!
So the next time you need to buy produce, head to your local farmer’s market and buy food that was grown within the same time zone as you! Help protect the environment, support your local economy, and eat fresh, delicious organic food by eating locally.
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