“Think of the pollution and the global warming caused by its transport. Think of the
ascendancy of corporate agribusiness over family farms. Think of the loss of
nutrients during a weeklong journey from soil to supermarket.” – Time.com
Like many visitors to a farmers market on a sunny Sunday morning, I would usually take my time walking around the crowded block overwhelmed by the beautiful colors, smells and sounds. Also like many of my fellow shoppers I was more occupied with what I was going to be making with these delicious picks than I was with their journey.
So what have I learned in two weeks of research and amazing adventures in preparation for a upcoming video post … EAT LOCAL!!! The benefits are definitely worth the trip to the market.
So what does it mean for you?
You will start to notice that there is a large variety of produce, local farmers are able to spend the time and energy on farming a wide variety of produce and experimenting with their crop since they don’t have to worry about producing food that will travel long distances and last on store shelves.
Locally grown produce is not in transit for long periods of time, it’s not cold stored for long periods of time nor is it bounced about on a long journey. It is allowed to ripen for longer periods of time and for all the previously stated reasons tastes better! The organically farmed produce is healthier! The more distance the food has to travel the higher the chance of it getting contaminated, so buying local is considerably safer too.
So what does it mean for the world around you?
When you shop locally your boost the local economy and support small farmers in the community. By shopping locally you are also cutting down on the amount of energy it takes to transport food over long distances. Food sold in U.S. supermarkets averages some 1,500 miles from farm to plate, up 25% from 1980,( World watch Institute, a Washington nonprofit). Researchers have found that of the foods purchased at a farmers’ market, locally produced food averaged 0.0795 tonnes of Green House Gas emissions per kilometer of transport. On the other hand, produce in a supermarket nearby, had Green House Gas emissions of 3.853 tonnes per kilometer. So you are not only finding great food in amazing variety you are also saving emissions and energy. Way to go YOU!
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