Friday, May 30, 2008

Conscious Consuming

The Farmers Markets are starting up! Yippee! Norbert and I have been making an effort this year to purchase our produce locally and whenever possible organic. During the winter it is a bit more difficult but the spring months have been easier and now with the Farmers Markets starting up, summer & fall shopping for local goods will be a lot easier. I'm going to haul out the canning jars and preserve some of the produce this summer and fall so we'll have it on hand during the winter. I used to do this a lot when I lived in a house with my own garden but for some reason stopped doing it when I moved to the condo and started living in the city. With today's concerns about the price of gas, the use of chemicals, the lack of support for the farmers etc. I really want to make a conscious effort to buy local organic products. We have a wonderful selection of local items to choose from... why don't we take advantage of it!? Here's some more information for you read... I'm not trying to preach, but I encourage you to try to buy local the next time you're out shopping for food... support your local farmers!

Organic means that your food is "clean." More specifically, crops were grown without conventional pesticides and are GMO free, and animals were reared without the use of hormones and non-therapeutic antibiotics. When you buy organic food, you are supporting a gentler way to raise food on the planet and ensuring that fewer pesticides and other harmful chemicals (like bovine growth hormone in conventional milk) enter your body.

Buying locally grown food is even more important than buying organic food, because locally grown food has fewer miles to travel (saving on environmentally harmful transportation emissions), is grown in season (thus needing fewer chemicals), arrives thousands of miles fresher, and is the key to building a sustainable food economy.

One easy way to reduce your ecological footprint is to increase your intake of vegetarian meals. Growing the crops to feed farm animals requires massive amounts of water and land; more than 70 percent of the grains and cereals we grow are fed to farm animals. Methane emitted by livestock and their manure, equals the global-heating impact of 33 million cars, according to the book Six Arguments for a Greener Diet. A person doesn't need to become a vegetarian to reduce the environmental impact of food choices. Start with where you are, and reduce your meat intake from there.


Shell said...

We always Farmers Market! They have them year round here - but just down the road our local one has just restarted.

It is our Wednesday night ritual. We go down (now that the weather is better we will walk down); get our fruits, vege, and eggs for the coming week - and we have dinner there.


Jan said...

Good for you!! We try to do the same. We don't have a farmers market close by, but we do try to buy organic when we can... especially milk. I worry most about my daughter not needing those hormones that are in regular milk.

Jo said...

Izzy, which markets to you go to? I would love to know. you might also want to check out the 100 mile diet,
it's all about buying local!