A great guest blog here about sourcing food locally and the benefits:
Why You Should Eat Locally Sourced Foods
There has been a big push toward eating more locally sourced foods in the last few years. Not just a trendy fad, the local foods movement supports eating healthier and helping the environment.
Not sure what all the fuss is about? Here are just a few reasons why you should be eating locally sourced foods:
You can be sure that foods that are grown locally are fresh. They are grown in season, not with the use of pesticides or other additives to help them grow faster or to stay fresh longer. Locally grown foods are treated with fewer chemicals, and are a fresh, healthy source of nutrition.
When your food doesn’t have to be shipped from half way around the world, it costs less. Food that is grown locally requires less overhead for packaging and transportation, and those costs are passed along to you. By shopping locally, you also ensure that all the money you spend is supporting your local economy and jobs in your community.
By purchasing your foods from local sources, you can be sure of the way the food is grown or raised. You can talk to the farmer and, in most cases, even tour the farm where it was grown or raised. You can be sure that meats are grass-fed or pasture-raised and that fruits and vegetables are grown without the use of harmful pesticides — all without relying on packaging that may or may not be accurate.
There are many great reasons to eat locally sourced food, but these are just some of the top benefits.
Do you shop for locally sourced foods? Share your thoughts on why it’s important and what benefits you get in the comments!
Bridget Sandorford is a freelance writer and researcher for Culinaryschools.org, where recently she’s been researching the best culinary schools in texas . In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.