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Monday, November 26, 2012

Local and Sustainable Eating: Healthy Eating

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Why Eat Locally? Why Eat Seasonally? Food that is locally grown is fresher and perfect for the season you are in... right now in the Northeast of the US squash and root vegetables are in season. These plants are high in vitamin C and A which are important for gearing up your immune system for the flu season that is coming. 

So nutrition is one reason to eat locally fresher foods. 

Less pollution... the shorter the distance food has to travel to get to you the less carbon monoxide will be added to our already overloaded atmosphere. 

Still not convinced... how about diversity... heirloom fruits and vegetables make cooking and eating more than just a process of extracting calories. They makes food fun and interesting. Variety will be lost if we don't support small local farmers who's market niche is selling the different and the unusual compared to the grocery store. If you don't just want to eat beef tomatoes and red delicious apples... buy local food.

The Nature Conservancy who is best know for simply buying environmentally rich land and stewarding it is expanding it's reach into teaching and promoting sustainability. Take a look a their website and check out the recipes chefs have contributed to them which promote local food use, and consider making a holiday gift to this fantastic organization.


Weekly Menu Plan:



Meatless Monday: Pesto Pasta and Tomato Salad

Tuesday: Sausage and White Beans with Rolls



Friday: Beef Stir Fry


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2 comments:

  1. great points diane! something that i've learned - rather bluntly - since moving to toronto: localism in and of itself isn't good enough. don't get me wrong, it's a great step in the right direction - for all the reasons you list above. but when i still lived on the West coast i thought local = best possible choice. but as i've found out in toronto, local does not necessarily mean food is organic. or raised humanely. or practices good labor relations. it's been a huge slap in the face for me. i miss my happy farm localism that i was bubbled in on vancouver island.

    ...i need to find a way here. obviously.

    ps. this is an excellent post! the wednesday fresh foods link up goes live tomorrow night (midnight EST) - i'd love to see you there!

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    1. True locally doesn't always mean organic but a lot of times the farmers are organic and never went through the certification process because it is costly for a small farmer.

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