Tuesday, August 9

Why buy local, seasonal produce?

by Katherine Matutes
Grapes from Chile in December are no problem in our global economy. Or, are they? Global produce on average travels 2,000 miles before being sold. The cost of covering these distances is not only significant in terms of energy, dollars and climate impact, but also in a decline of nutritional value.
Many nutrients are lost to oxygen and light exposure during transport and storage. Produce quality and flavor also suffer from early harvesting, forced ripening in greenhouses and plant breeding designed to enhance product shipping tolerance.
The "buy local” food movement has been growing rapidly as more consumers become concerned about agricultural impacts on the environment, and yearn for healthier, tastier produce. Below are some great ways you can get started going local.
Where is your favorite farmers market?

Be sure to check out Greenbean Delivery at the JCC's upcoming Discover & Dine Health Fair on Monday, August 22. You’ll have an opportunity to meet professionals in the health field as well as join us for a healthy and delicious dinner.
Check out the smart phone app, locavore $1.99, it lists produce that is in season in by area.
For further reading pick up Diet for a Hot Planet by Anna Lappé or How to Pick a Peach by Russ Parsons.
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