Buying fruits and vegetables grown locally is one way to avoid the lower-quality, mass-produced foods found in many larger grocery chains.
The ‘buy local, eat local’ phenomenon is here to stay – with good reason. Eating local is great for your health (and the local economy). Following are a few good reasons why you may want to become a “loca-vore” yourself.
First of all, what exactly is a “loca-vore?”
You’ve probably already heard of herbivores (plant-eating animals), carnivores (meat-eating animals), and omnivores (animals who eat both plants and meat). The term “loca-vore” refers to those who consume locally grown food and use locally produced products. Loca-vores limit their food purchases to those items grown or produced within a limited radius of their homes. Items that have been shipped long distances by truck (over a period of days) do not qualify as local.
Here are a Few Key Benefits to Becoming a Loca-Vore:
- Health– There are several health benefits to becoming a loca-vore. One benefit is that food grown near you is believed to help your body fight off allergens better.For example, locally produced honey can help you during allergy season because the same pollen that your body is battling against is used by the bees in your area to make honey. Therefore, when you eat the honey, you are helping your body develop antibodies that will help fight off the allergens.
- Economy – Not only will your body thank you for eating local, but so will many small business owners in your area. By voting with your dollars, you can show these local businesses that you fully support what they do because when you buy local, your dollars stay put and help support the backbone of your local community.
- Freshness– There’s nothing quite like the taste of fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the garden. Produce is meant to ripen a certain way, usually on the plant or in the ground. When fruits and vegetables are prematurely picked in order to survive cross-country shipping, we are trying to beat Mother Nature at her own game.The result? Food that doesn’t taste the way nature intended.
- Nutrition – Much of a fruit or vegetable’s nutrients develop during the ripening stage – while it is still attached to the plant. By removing your food from the ground or off the vine before it is ripe, you miss out on a lot of those valuable vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy.
There really is nothing more delicious, nutritious, healthy, and economy-boosting than becoming a loca-vore in your own hometown. So when you hear the words “Buy Local. Eat Local” – know its not just a passing fad… it’s a healthy and fulfilling way of life.