Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Do you know where your food comes from?
One study estimated that in North America, a basic meal travels 2,400 km to get to our dinner table. However, eating locally reduces the distance food needs to travel and the level of emissions and pollution released into the air before it can be put onto our tables. There is also a myriad of benefits to eating locally- not just cleaner air.
What are the benefits to eating locally?
• To begin with, a locally grown apple is fresher and has more taste than one that has traveled great distances.
• Fresher foods also contain higher levels of vitamins than food that has been imported.
• Less packaging is needed for transportation, creating less waste.
• Buying locally helps conserve precious farmlands and different wildlife habitats,
it puts you in touch with your community and local farmers, and it gives you a direct link to the land.