Recently, a movement has emerged calling for people to buy more locally grown food. Many people are familiar with this movement, but do you really know why locally grown food is better?
Locally Grown Food Tastes Better
The first reason that locally grown food proves to be a better option is perhaps the most obvious… it tastes better! As food is stored, it loses flavor. Natural sugars in fruits and vegetables turn to starches as produce sits in warehouses, trucks, and grocery stores.
Locally Grown Food is Better for You
Locally grown food is also better for your health and well-being. Fresher produce retain more nutrition. You will get more vitamins and nutrients from locally grown fruits and vegetables which have been harvested more recently.
Locally Grown Food Supports Genetic Diversity
Foods which are mass produced by large farm corporations are usually comprised of one or two genetic compilations. Companies do this because only certain hybrid breeds can stand up to the packaging and transport processes required to service widespread grocers. On the other hand, locally grown food has more genetic variety due to the natural passing and altering of genes from generation to generation. Genetic diversity is important to protect food sources and food species.
Locally Grown Food is Better for the Environment
Locally grown food is also good for the environment. In the United States, 15% of fossil fuels are wasted in agricultural transportation. Buying food locally uses less gas. Local farmland also provides more open space. This means that less residential areas are built and destroying greenery.
Locally Grown Food Supports Endangered Farming Industry
Less than 1% of the United States population holds a farming occupation. Buying locally grown food supports the farming industry. The local food movement, in turn, helps to ensure that farmland and farms will continue to be a part of the local community for future generations.
Locally Grown Food Helps Lower Taxes
As farms maintain open space, they slow the rate of residential growth. The government spends almost double the amount on residential areas as farming areas. Through buying locally grown food, you are helping to keep your tax rate lower.
Ceres Bistro strives to make delicious dished with locally grown foods, so we work to support our local community by buying from local purveyors as much as possible. If you would like to taste the difference yourself, come make a reservation at our restaurant in Worcester. We are happy to serve you one of our locally grown dishes!
Do you buy locally grown food? Do you have any special recipes for locally grown food?