The Benefits of Eating Locally

The benefits of eating locally grown food far outweigh the benefits of eating imported and mass produced products. Even though the ability to mass produce and ship products is indicative of a region’s effective infrastructure and production capacity, eating locally grown food is better for you and your local community.

 

Peruse your local agricultural magazine to educate yourself on the options available to you – this will enable you to take steps to contact agricultural product and service providers to get the produce you need delivered to your door.

 

Get the whole family involved

 

If the supplier does not deliver then a trip to the farm is a weekend the kids will love and it’s an opportunity to teach them how food is produced. Milk doesn’t materialise on the shopping market shelf and children should learn this early on; it will give them a sense of where the food they eat comes from and the immense effort that this process involves.

 

Freshness equals quality

 

Logic dictates that fresher food is healthier; all of the vitamins and minerals are fully effective without the intervention of added substances and processes which serve a preservative purpose. And logistically, it is easier to access fresh food when it is picked nearby. Transportation necessitates storage cooling and other related processes to keep the plants from deteriorating before they reach their destination – but this actually reduces the freshness of the produce.Cutting out travel time also significantly reduces opportunity for contamination of the produce between the source and the supermarket or even your home.

 

In South Africa, agriculture is blessed with abundance all year round.By eating locally you will learn when food sare in season and you’ll be sure to enjoy them fully right when they’re in their prime. You will also be supporting your local agricultural community which means that you are getting the very best produce, before the food even makes it to the grocer’s shelves.

 

Good and good for you

 

Farm-to-table not only sounds good– it is better for your health as well! The period between harvest and consumption is shortened if you opt for local produce. In turn, the food naturally contains more nutrients because there was no occasion, say, in the back if a truck for instance, where nutrient value could have decreased.

 

Local agriculturists can tell you exactly how the food on your table was grown; there is no mystery as to what exactly it is you are eating and serving your family which is the way it should be.

 

Be a supportive member of your local community and buy fresh, local produce. Visit our agricultural products directory to learn more about farming communities and how they supply us with produce every single day.

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