Because of the abundance of processed foods, false advertising, and secrets that our modern food industry keeps from us, it’s easy to feel helpless as consumers, like we have no say in what is going into our bodies. While it can be difficult to judge what is healthy and unhealthy these days, it is not impossible.
One way to take control over what we are nourishing ourselves with is to buy products locally. To know what exactly we are eating and where it comes from is a blessing. Knowing the exact person who grew your food rather than trusting an industry with the sole purpose of making a profit is such a powerful tool. One person cannot eliminate the dangers that our modern food industry presents but we each have the power to make a decision regarding where we buy our food.
Many of the types of products you find in a grocery store are not the same as the ones from your local farmer’s market. Most of the food at a grocery store is food that has a long shelf-life; it is made of a lot of chemicals and additives in order to preserve it.
Additionally, buying locally saves an incredible amount of waste. The majority of food products are produced hundreds and even thousands of miles from where they are sold. This means that large amounts of energy are required to transport and store them. Plus, not all food makes it to its final destination safety. A lot of food spoils or rots before it makes it there, adding to the amount of waste.
It’s all about personal initiative. Don’t fall victim to ignorance. Learn to live & love local!