Though there has been a pretty strong movement over the past few years toward eating more local, there is still quite a bit of resistance. On Twitter, I was told that there is no way we could feed the entire American population with only food grown locally to the many different parts of the world and the growing populations of some of the more densely populated cities. I saw this as a challenge, but unfortunately, I knew that I could not win such a bet due to far too many factors. Stupid logistics. What I can do is try to encourage the world to eat locally. What better than a top ten list? Here are the top ten reasons why you should be a locavore!
- You’re supporting your community.
As you spend your dollar on a head of lettuce or a Tomato you’re buying in WalMart, there’s a good chance that you’re supporting a corporation. That would be all well and good, but you know that corporation is not in your home town and that tomato and head of lettuce are probably grown thousands of miles a way. If that’s what you’re doing? How much of yopur money do you think is staying locally? When you buy local, you’re dollar stays local. Huh, that’s some concept, isn’t it? Besides, how can you look your local farmer in the eye and tell him or her that you’re buying tomatoes grown in Mexico now.
- Reducing the uses of natural resources.
How do you think that orange got to your table? I know you like oranges. I like oranges, but seriously, do you think it just (poof) one day appeared in the store? No way! That thing had to travel thousands of miles to get to you using more gas than me after a night of chili. If you think about it, if everyone stopped buying food grown elsewhere, don’t you think there would be less of a demand on imported oil? Just a thought.
- It’s more nutritious.
As your corn travels from one side of the country to the other side, it’s losing nutrients quickly. Think about it, it’s at its nutritious peak prior to picking. Once it’s picked, it’s dead. It’s not gaining nutrients, it’s decaying. All that is healthy is going as well.
- It tastes better.
See what I said before about the nutrients? Same goes for taste, unless you like rotted food.
- Less residue buildup
What the hell am I talking about? Well, as your food is traveling from one city to another, it’s picking up residue from roads, different coolers in which it’s stored, from different handlers. If it was picked right before you eat it, you’re going to eat less crap from the rest of the country.
- It’s keeping with the times
Since when are we able to grow beautiful fresh tomatoes in January? Think about that for a minute.
- Better for the Air Quality
When you’re buying food from Mexico or wherever you’re buying it from that’s not from your local farmer, you’re putting tons of carbon emissions into the air. You know that whole climate change thing? Yup, it’s your fault!
- Better Variety
Your grocery sells the name brand stuff that they’re told will sell by the huge corporations who grow them. Your farmer likes to try new things, which in turn give you variety. Don’t they say that variety is the spice of life? Or is that dill?
- Conserving land
The more you buy local, the more the farmers need the land. Aren’t you sick of these tracts popping up all over?
- It’s personal
When I look at my food, I know where it came from. I know that it was produced with ethical growing standards. I know the people who grew it, and I know that every little bit helps.