Both eating well and fighting global warming can be simultaneously achieved by preparing tasty, nutritious meals from local produce. Many items that are sold in supermarkets can have traveled thousands or hundreds of miles to reach their destination. However, many of these items could be found locally if they were not so stocked. Get the facts?
Because of economies-of-scale and central buying policies, most local produce gets shipped to a central warehouse where it is redistributed back into local grocery stores. This could result in fresh vegetables that are grown in town A being sent to customers in town B and local produce that is grown in town B being sent to town 1.
Use Local Produce
Produce sourced locally is considered more fresh, tasty, and nutritious than that imported from abroad. Jamie Oliver's campaign to introduce high quality, locally sourced food in Britain's schools is supporting this belief.
The 100 Mile diet founders, who successfully shopped local farmers markets for a full year to demonstrate that a healthy, nutritious diet is possible while minimizing the environmental impact of transport, are adding to the appeal for greater emphasis on local produce.
Consumers shop locally for produce. Family-owned farms reap the benefits.
Today's convenience culture often overlooks the importance of quality meals. This is why many developed countries now have to shoulder the increasing cost of health care funding. Return to tasty, nutritious, local food is one way to show signs of success. It also reduces carbon emissions and directly benefits our environment.