Eat Local

We all eat. We all shop for our groceries. Every time we invest in our food, essentially we are placing a vote on who/what we are supporting.

Food has become so detached from its consumers, many people do not know what they are voting for anymore. It is safe to say most food sold at supermarkets is not locally grown or locally produced. The food sold is mass-produced on many factory farms hundreds of miles away from the commercial location. The farmers receive little for their hard labor, and instead  your dollars go directly to a ‘middleman’  distributing the food. The money is centralized at the top, creating great economic stratification.

To these factory farms, your food is just another number, just another dollar sign. There is little care in the quality of the grown produce, because measure has become more important. The use of pesticides and genetically modified crops has thus infiltrated agriculture to create larger yields.

In effect of the wide use of pesticides, genetically modified crops, and transporting the food long distances, there are enormous external costs being taxed. Pesticides run-off into groundwater and into the soil which affects future crops. Minimizing biodiversity through monocrops (corn, soybeans, canola) affects the surrounding environment by forcing one single plant species to grow, eliminating earth’s natural variation. After harvesting thousands of these monocrops they are then trucked, flown, and shipped sometimes thousands of miles from their original site. Have you ever picked up an avocado at your supermarket and seen the sticker “Grown in Mexico”? All of those miles that your food has traveled not only affects the price you pay, but even more so affects the environment by unnecessary excess pounds of fossil fuel emissions.

***Bottom line:

All of this food talk.. really has to do with YOU.

By choosing to support local sustainable practices of agriculture, you are choosing to:

— Support the natural seasonality of produce in your local area
— Minimize the fossil fuel emissions
— Support small families and small local farms in your very own community
— Stimulate your local economy (not big companies from who knows where)
— Eat delicious nutritious food grown with love, especially for YOU!

If you are eager to begin supporting this food movement, there are plenty of resources to help you on your way. I will have more posts in time about these resources, but for now here are great links to check out if you are interested in checking out local weekly farmers markets in San Diego, or your local hometown (wherever you are reading this from!)

Local Harvest – This website is a general database to all farmers markets, farms, restaurants, etc. that support the local food movement.

Slow Food – Slow Food is a non-profit that promotes eating-in instead of fast-food and is a great supporter of local sustainable farms

***San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project***

Do you know where your food comes from? Do you know who your grower? San Diego Roots is a non-profit that is a big supporter of local sustainable farming.

Roots was created to “to strengthen the local food movement in the San Diego region and to create a sustainable urban-rural partnership that brings healthy local food to our communities and sustains the working landscapes and people who feed us.”

I greatly encourage you to check out San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project. (More links about the local food movement provided there too!)


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