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Health and economic benefits of eating locally grown food

Smiths Falls Food Co-op

Whether you’re currently experiencing health issues or not, it’s never too early to start being more conscious about the food you put in your body.

Convenience is still valued over nutrition by many people, and studies have shown that there’s a direct relationship between the food you consume and the diseases and health problems you experience in your lifetime. The series of nutritional decisions you make as a whole will determine your overall health throughout your life.

As a whole, our society still doesn’t put much thought into what they’re eating when make the decision to order fast food in the drive-thru on the way home, or when they stock up on frozen dinners from the superstore. But when people know where their food comes from and what’s involved in producing and preparing their convenient fare, they’re more likely to make better choices – which is better for everyone involved.

And here’s why.

Food is fresher and tastes better.  Food prepared with fresh, homegrown ingredients is healthier for you, tastes better, and, in the long term, will make you feel better.

Purchasing local food promotes food safety. When you’re buying your vegetables or meat from the person who produced it, you can ask them questions about their practices and procedures. This holds farmers and other food producers accountable to safe food handling and growing practices.

It’s better for the environment.  When you buy locally, the food doesn’t have to travel by plane, ship, or any other method of extensive transportation in order to get to you.  There are certain foods that obviously can’t be grown in our Canadian climate, such as certain tropical fruits, but the food that can be grown and purchased here, should. The economy is a simple game of supply and demand.  If more people demand local, homegrown food, more people will provide it – which leads into the next point.

Shopping locally supports the Smiths Falls economy.  This way, when you buy the tomatoes and apples you were going to buy anyway, the money stays close to home and helps out local farmers, neighbours, and small business owners.

It enforces community. You know where your food comes from. Instead of purchasing the food from a supermarket, where no personal connection is usually made, you buy it right from the person who actually grew it.  This creates a direct relationship between the people who grow the food and the people who eat it. This sense of community can produce.

There is a multitude of reasons of why locally grown food is making a comeback, but it’s ultimately up to you to make your own decisions. So, get out there. Ask questions about your food; where it comes from and how it’s grown. Do some of your own research, and I’m sure you’ll come to the same conclusions we did.

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Health and economic benefits of eating locally grown food

Smiths Falls Food Co-op

Whether you’re currently experiencing health issues or not, it’s never too early to start being more conscious about the food you put in your body.

Convenience is still valued over nutrition by many people, and studies have shown that there’s a direct relationship between the food you consume and the diseases and health problems you experience in your lifetime. The series of nutritional decisions you make as a whole will determine your overall health throughout your life.

As a whole, our society still doesn’t put much thought into what they’re eating when make the decision to order fast food in the drive-thru on the way home, or when they stock up on frozen dinners from the superstore. But when people know where their food comes from and what’s involved in producing and preparing their convenient fare, they’re more likely to make better choices – which is better for everyone involved.

And here’s why.

Food is fresher and tastes better.  Food prepared with fresh, homegrown ingredients is healthier for you, tastes better, and, in the long term, will make you feel better.

Purchasing local food promotes food safety. When you’re buying your vegetables or meat from the person who produced it, you can ask them questions about their practices and procedures. This holds farmers and other food producers accountable to safe food handling and growing practices.

It’s better for the environment.  When you buy locally, the food doesn’t have to travel by plane, ship, or any other method of extensive transportation in order to get to you.  There are certain foods that obviously can’t be grown in our Canadian climate, such as certain tropical fruits, but the food that can be grown and purchased here, should. The economy is a simple game of supply and demand.  If more people demand local, homegrown food, more people will provide it – which leads into the next point.

Shopping locally supports the Smiths Falls economy.  This way, when you buy the tomatoes and apples you were going to buy anyway, the money stays close to home and helps out local farmers, neighbours, and small business owners.

It enforces community. You know where your food comes from. Instead of purchasing the food from a supermarket, where no personal connection is usually made, you buy it right from the person who actually grew it.  This creates a direct relationship between the people who grow the food and the people who eat it. This sense of community can produce.

There is a multitude of reasons of why locally grown food is making a comeback, but it’s ultimately up to you to make your own decisions. So, get out there. Ask questions about your food; where it comes from and how it’s grown. Do some of your own research, and I’m sure you’ll come to the same conclusions we did.

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