Food has become a complicated issue in society. We went from having meat eaters and vegetarians to have vegans, flexatarians, pescateraians, locavors, and crustaciantarians. The reasons for this are numerous; some people want to live healthier, some people want better quality food, others are trying to be kinder to the planet.
One thing everyone can agree on is that fresh produce is best. That is why locally grown food tastes so good. An apple can go from the top of tree to your mouth in the same day. It tastes a lot better than an apple from California that has been irradiated and sprayed with pesticides and chemicals so it appears fresh for weeks. It is also great for the planet. The energy saved not transporting foods across the country couples with the lack of pesticides, and other chemicals makes this a treat for mother earth and your mouth.
Many prominent chiefs and food critics are in support of farm to table foods. All most any chef out there will tell you that local fresh ingredients are the best for use in any recipe. Many restaurant menus now list where every item in a given dish came from. Some go so far as to only purchase meat that is humanely grown and slaughtered. Meat also tastes better when it is not full of chemicals and hormones.
The benefits of wholesome food are numerous and more are being discovered as the movement picks up momentum. People may think it is odd, new-agey, or just too pricey to eat all natural foods but that is simply untrue. Food at a farmers market costs about as much as food in a super market. Besides, what’s more important, your health and well being or a few dollars?
Remember that in the 1930s-1960’s it was not considered harmful to spray food with DDT. DDT gave thousands of people cancer, lead the bald eagle to brink of extinction, and we are still dealing with the effects of its use (it was used to be an ingredient in some cocktails!). Who is to say that the pesticides of today (some of which are already controversial and potentially hazardous) won’t be considered highly dangers after their full effects are realized?
No one is asking you to make radical changes in the way you shop or eat. Just simply go to farmers markets, look for organic and local produce at your supermarket, and eat more green foods. It will make you and the environment healthier.