Fresh Food? How far does your food travel to get your plate?
As the government has allowed shops and indoor markets to re-open following social distance measures. This now allows you to purchase fresh food again from your local market traders. We have brought you the pros and cons and everything you need to know about buying food locally during these current times.
What kind of food can you buy locally?
Locally raised meats
Dairy products & eggs
Produce from your local supermarket whether it is organic or conventional travels on average 1500 miles from the farm to your plate.
There are several reasons this is a cause for concern:
The further your food travels to you the less nutritious and delicious it is by the time it gets to your plate.
Even though your supermarket may appear to have a wide selection of produce, their focus is truly on varieties that will travel well and have a longer shelf life. Needlessly delivering produce all around the globe wastes natural resources and harms the environment.
Our TOP 5 PROS of eating local produce:
It’s Often Pesticide Free:
Many local food producers choose to use organic and natural pest repellents to preserve the health of the food they distribute. Foods produced by large-scale agricultural operations are often mass sprayed with pesticides.
As the food was grown locally and delivered more quickly, less of it gets spoiled on the way to the table.
It’s Preservative Free:
Locally grown food doesn’t require long trips to be transported across the country until they reach their final destination. For this reason, food doesn’t need to have any preservatives and other chemicals added to it to keep it fresh during transit.
When you choose to buy locally grown food, you can include healthier proteins, fruits, vegetables and whole grains into your diet, as opposed to choosing processed and packaged foods that don’t provide a balanced diet.
Strengthening the Local Economy:
Lastly spending your money with local growers adds direct fuel to the local economy since those growers buy supplies and pay bills locally.
3 CONS of eating local produce with SOLUTIONS!
Just because a crop is raised locally, it doesn’t mean that it will be inexpensive. Small farms have a lot of overhead costs that are concentrated on a small number of products.
Our Solution: Local products may cost more, but supporting neighbours goes a long way if you ask us!
Not all of your favourite fruits and veggies are grown within a few hundred miles of your home, so, under the strictest guidelines of locavorism, you couldn’t even eat a banana again.
Our Solution: We recommend picking 10 items a month that let you break that rule!
Produce is seasonal, so for long stretches of the year, you can’t have certain favourites, such as tomatoes. In fact, in the depths of winter, you may not have any fresh vegetables at all unless you can them yourself.
Our Solution: Try looking for greenhouses that grow all year round!
If you would like to know exactly how far your food has travelled click the link below!
Food Miles calculator: