You know carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, but did you know locavores? Locavores are people who choose local produce. There are many definitions of “local produce”, but the concept is based primarily on distance. You can start purchasing local food by buying products made within your own community or region. But why should you eat local produce? There are many benefits of eating local produce, but here we will just describe the most important ones.
1 – Local food benefits the environment and wildlife
Local food doesn’t have to travel as far to arrive on your plate, so it helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to improving our carbon footprint. Also, well-managed farms conserve fertile soil and clean water in our communities and the farm environment is a patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, ponds, and buildings that provide habitat for wildlife.
2 – It benefits the local economy
By supporting local farmers and other producers, we are supporting our local economy and local families. Support local farmers today, to ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow.
3 – Buying local builds community
Knowing the farmer gives you insight into the seasons, the land, and your food. It gives you access to a place where your children and grandchildren can go to learn about nature and agriculture.
4 – Local food keeps taxes down
According to several studies, farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas most other kinds of development contribute less in taxes than the cost of the services they require.
5 – Local produce has a higher nutrient value
There are several factors that influence the nutritive value of produce including crop variety, how it’s grown, ripeness at harvest, storage, processing and packaging. Its vitamin and mineral content depends on the practices of people all along the line, from the seed to the table, whether or not produce is local or transported from a distance.
Produce such as broccoli, green beans, kale, red peppers, tomatoes, apricots and peaches are susceptible to nutrient loss when harvested and transported from longer distances. Also, food that is grown and harvested locally has usually given more time to ripen.
6 – Locally grown food tastes and looks better
Local food just tastes better. Have you ever tried any strawberry as good as the Timboon Berryworld Strawberries?