Welcome to my website Natural Food Nut! I thought for some time about what I wanted my first posting/blog to be about. Being that we are in the midst of summer, I thought what better way to start than to talk about the wonderful produce that is widely available now- ‘Tis the season!!
I am sure that you have heard the catchphrases “eat local” and “eat organic”, but why would you want to do either? Let me explain:
First and foremost in my opinion, eating locally and organically tastes better. Would you rather eat a naturally red “fresh” tomato that was just picked, or a tomato that was picked weeks ago (before the tomato was ripe) sprayed with Ethylene (which is the practice of artificially gassing the unripe green tomatoes with ethylene, either before or during their transportation in special ripening rooms in order to give the tomatoes the red, ripe colour that lures consumers into buying them). After gassing, the Ethylene-sprayed tomato travels hundreds of miles to get to your local grocery store. Hmmm, not a tough choice there!
Another benefit to eating locally and organically is that the local/organic food has a higher nutritional value. Acquiring all of the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants that the body needs to function optimally is one of the many keys to overall health and wellness. Organic foods are grown without the use of man-made harmful chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). These nasty chemicals have depleted the soils of important minerals and vitamins (vitamin C, Zinc, magnesium and chromium to name a few) that our bodies require on a daily basis to function optimally. The dangers of these harmful chemicals will be a topic of future blogs on Natural Food Nut!
Support the Economy
Supporting your local economy is yet another benefit of eating locally and organically. You can build a relationship with a local farmer, wherein you become familiar with their practice of growing the produce and even having the opportunity to see the vegetables being grown and picked during harvesting. You could even volunteer at the local farm for a fulfilling (and inexpensive) learning experience and an opportunity to give back to your community for you and your family.
Support the Environment
Environmental reasons are another benefit of eating locally and organically. When you buy locally, the amount of packaging that is required for the produce is diminished (or potentially eliminated altogether). In addition, buying organic food significantly reduces the toxic load in the environment. As previously noted and definitely worth mentioning again, organic foods are grown without the use of man-made harmful chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, which in turn reduces the toxicity in our water systems and in the air we breathe. Farms that grow non-organic foods use synthetic fertilizers and pesticides etc. resulting in harmful chemicals running off into our water systems and polluting the air we breathe. Several studies have shown that exposure to pesticides (and their counterparts alike) can adversely affect the nervous system and increase the risk of cancer. So let’s protect ourselves and our future generations – EAT LOCAL AND ORGANICALLY.
By bringing consciousness to the foods you eat, it brings peace and harmony within each of us. It is my hope that I have encouraged you to seek out your local farmers’ market or join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in your area.
Please comment and share with us why you like eating locally and organically!
Until next time – Cheers to good health!
DJ- The Natural Food Nut!