Only eat locally sourced and in season for a year.
Locavores are people who try to choose locally grown or locally produced food that is in season. There are many definitions of “local food”, but the concept is based primarily on distance. Many people like to purchase food locally by starting within their own community, then moving out to the region, province, country, and so on. This type of food consumption is the basis for the popular 100-mile diet, which promotes buying and eating food that’s grown, manufactured, or produced within a 100-mile radius of the consumer’s home.
Not only can we empower our communities by strengthening local food systems. When we support shorter, highly transparent supply chains, we also cut down on factors like waste, transportation, and poor agricultural practices while increasing the availability of more nutrient-rich produce. One great way to do this is to pay weekly visits to farmers’ markets or join a community garden or find a CSA program (Community Supported Agriculture) in your area.
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 the produce is local or transported from a distance.
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