Who doesn’t enjoy knowing where their food is coming from?
Eating local food allows you to feel closer to your food source. But is local food better than the food you get at your grocery store? The short answer is yes. You’ll probably find that local food is fresher and tastes better.
The benefits of eating local food can go way beyond a fresher meal or knowing its source, though. Many studies show that eating local foods reduces agricultural pollution. It also supports fair trade and promotes sustainable food systems.
So, with all that in mind, let’s take a look at the many benefits of local food.
You know where your food is coming from
When you buy local food from a farmers market or a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, you get to meet the person who grew it or reared it. You can ask questions about how and where the food was produced. This information may not be available if you’re buying from a large grocery store in an urban area.
You’ll get more nutrition
Food is most nutritious when it’s picked ripe. But produce in the grocery store is usually picked early so it will last longer on its journey to the grocery store. Local food also doesn’t need preservatives to keep it fresh and can be left to ripen before being sold at farmers markets and farm stands.
It tastes better
This one may seem obvious, but there’s nothing like eating something that was picked fresh that morning. Imported food might have been harvested weeks or even months in advance. Local, seasonal food tastes better because it’s fresher. It has not traveled as far as out-of-season foods.
You will enjoy better health
Foods with higher levels of vitamins and other nutrients are part of a healthier diet. This can mean improved health outcomes. Local foods tend to be lower in fat and calories since they are not processed or packaged for long shelf lives. Healthier foods can even improve your mood.
Your money stays local
Buying local food keeps your money in your own community. You get to support all of the individuals involved in growing, processing and selling the food you eat. Supporting local businesses helps promote sustainability and economic growth in your area.
An opportunity to try new foods
Eating local produce gives you the opportunity to try new foods. With access to local food, you are more likely to be curious and experimental. You may be surprised by the delicious flavors you discover.
So, if you haven’t tried eating local produce, give it a shot today. Your body, your taste buds and your community will thank you.
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