The Rewards of Eating Locally Grown Food | Health Freedom Alliance

The Rewards of Eating Locally Grown Food | Health Freedom Alliance.

The Rewards of Eating Locally Grown Food

Submitted by Brooke Addison on December 15, 2011

Eating local foods is better for you, for the environment, and for your taste buds. Local food is fresher and tastes better than food that been trucked or flown in from thousands of miles away. Think you can’t taste the difference between lettuce picked yesterday and lettuce picked last week, factory-washed, and sealed in plastic? You can. ~ Health Freedoms

By Jane Schwartz Harrison

Did you know that a typical carrot or broccoli stalk travels about 1,500 miles before it lands on your salad plate?

Caught up in our fast-paced world of quick marts and large grocery stores, many of us don’t give a second thought to where our food comes from.

Enter a new health movement: eating locally. The concept is to buy food produced, grown, or raised as close to home as possible. This includes fruits and vegetables, as well as items like meats, poultry, eggs, and milk.

The benefits of “going local”
Of course, you support your local farms and economy when you choose to eat local foods. But there are other benefits.

It helps the environment.

  • Minimizing “food miles” (the distance food travels before reaching store shelves) reduces the fuel it takes to get your food across the state or country.
  • Food processors use a large amount of paper and plastic packaging to keep food fresh longer. This packaging becomes waste that is hard to reuse or recycle.
  • Small farms tend to use fewer chemicals than large factory-style farms.

It enhances your nutrition.

  • As a general rule, local food is fresher, riper, better-tasting, and of overall better quality than commercially produced food that has shipped thousands of miles.
  • Because it’s locally distributed, the food requires minimal preservatives and/or processing.
  • When you buy from local farmers, you can find out if the food is free of chemicals, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetically modified organisms.
  • Local food may not always look perfect, but it is less likely to wilt and rot before its time.

Sticking close to home
Don’t know where to begin? Start small by replacing 1 or 2 food items a week with local produce. Buy only locally grown tomatoes, or use only freshly picked apples in the fall.

Your supermarket may sell local produce. In addition:

Frequent a farmer’s market. Usually open from spring through fall, farmer’s markets offer a full range of fresh produce from local farms. You can also find other local goodies like eggs, breads, jams, honey, and flowers.

Pick your own. What could be better than biting into a sweet juicy pear you’ve just picked from a tree? Become familiar with the local farms in your area where you can pick your own fruits or vegetables, or buy them there.

Plant a garden. Gardening is not just good exercise. Growing your own food is a healthy, rewarding pastime. And who doesn’t enjoy walking out the back door and picking a crisp cucumber (no wax) or a ripe red tomato right off the vine?

Join community-supported agriculture (CSA) or local food co-op groups. Many farms offer seasonal “shares.” You buy into a share or belong to a co-op and get seasonal fruits and veggies in return. The money goes toward the cost of growing and distributing a season’s worth of produce.

  • Members typically collect their food at a neighborhood site. Some farms deliver.
  • Weekly or bimonthly shares consist of a variety of vegetables and fruits, and sometimes other items.
  • Your family will learn to eat what is in season and to try new foods.Most farms include recipes and suggestions for preparing your fare.

Dine on local cuisine. Find restaurants in your area that use local ingredients. It’s a great way to support local agriculture and enjoy a relaxing meal at the same time.

Source: http://www.myoptumhealth.com/portal/Information/item/Locally+Grown+Foods+Can+Benefit+Your+He?archiveChannel=Home%2FArticle&clicked=true

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  3. February 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    The food tastes so much better and I just feel better about everything when I’m eating locally! 🙂 Great points!

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