In our post, The Rise of the Localvore (Eating Local), they left a comment noting additional reasons why we should all eat local.
We appreciate their thoughtful comment and wanted to give it proper due in a post all their own.
Read more about their gardening and adventures on their blog.
“We’ve been eating locally and growing our own food for over a year now. We could give you a few dozen reasons to eat locally but here are our main reasons:
1.Â Lower our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels – If every person ate just one local meal a week, we would save 1.1 million barrels of oil a week. We’ll site Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal Vegetable Miracle” as our source for that information. If that isn’t enough to stagger your mind you need to have your pulse checked.
In addition, take a look at the ingredients in most of your foods from the manufactured food machine. All you have to do is scan through a copy of Michael Pollan’s “Omnivore’s Dilemma” and you’ll never look at your grocery store the same again. If the food wasn’t manufactured with some sort of petroleum derivative in it, then it was probably fertilized by petroleum products. Just pick up a bag of miracle grow and watch the petroleum and fossil fuels flow into the soil, into your food and into your body and the bodies of those you care about.
2. No more “scares” – If you grow your own food or if you get it from a local source you know and trust, the food never passes through mass producing processing plants where it is affected by cross-contamination. It is this type of contamination in central processing plants that lead to the “scares” of poisoned tomatoes, spinach (even organic) and peppers.
3. We’ll definitely agree with the author here that this stuff just tastes better. Food that was harvested and brought to market within the last 24 hours is a far higher quality food source than food that was harvest too early then treated with chemicals to ensure presentation after shipping. If you have ever eaten food right out of your local farmers market, you know there is no comparison for quality and taste.
Okay . . . enough blog hijacking for now. Thanks for posting on behalf of all of us in the Localvore community.”