We are a country of consumers. We love our food and can eat basically anything we want, when we want. This includes seasonal fruits and vegetables. Although having the ability to eat seasonal produce year-round is something we can do, it does not mean we should. Becoming a locavore (aka eating locally), can help slow our impact on the environment and help you appreciate the food you eat more.

 

1. Saves the environment. Transporting anything results the emission of greenhouse gases. The farther food has to be shipped, more energy is needed to get it to its respective destination, which results in a greater amount of green house gas emissions. Eating locally reduces the amount of time between the farm and the market, which means less energy is used to transport it.

 

2. Local food is fresher. When food needs to be shipped from far away, it is picked before it is ripe, leaving it to ripen in transit. This means that it is not getting its full flavor and nutrient potential. Tomatoes are a great example of this. Fresh tomatoes are rich and flavorful, but most often the tomatoes served in restaurants or in the produce section lack that delicious flavor of a tomato picked when ripe. Therefore, when you buy locally, the food is much fresher and more flavorful.

 

3. Boosts the local economy. Buying locally supports your local farmer. Farming is a full-time job that is often overlooked. Buying food from your areas local farmers market, ensures that farmers have enough income to keep growing that delicious fresh food.

 

4. Food should be a treat. No one can deny the ripe deliciousness of a strawberry, but eating them all year round is a luxury. Eating fruits and veggies only when they are in season will make you appreciate them more. We have become accustomed to eating fruit and veggies year round, we forget that eating seasonal fruit and veggies should be just that, seasonal.

 

5. Eat consciously. Eating locally will force you to become a more conscious eater. Eating more consciously can help you eat healthier and less processed foods. Being more aware of what you put into your body is never a bad thing, and could be the diet trick you have been looking for.

 

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