Sunday, July 3, 2016

Think before You Eat - Alexis Mills

(Above photo retrieved from: www.worldfinancialreview.com )

Across the globe we continue to eat foods that we have no idea where it came from and we do not usually consider if it is locally grown or not. Of course there are those who like to buy locally grown items and keep up what the farms in town and what they are currently producing. In most cases as a society, we tend to overlook information like this. We walk into the grocery stores, find things that look good, buy the item and leave. Very rarely does the average person look at the produce department and think, " I wonder where this onion came from." Is it a strange thing that we do not take things like this into consideration when buying groceries? is it time that we take a step back and think that maybe it would be a good idea to not buy something simply because the season isn't right? These are questions that we do not often ask ourselves and maybe it is time that we do. How can we possibly feed the world and the people in it without hurting the environment both on a local scale and global scale? One thing to consider when thinking about how to eat in a more sustainable way is to eat locally grown. Eating locally grown foods go hand in hand with food sustainability showing that farmers are growing products that are in season rather than things that are not. Simple bites.net written by Shannon suggest that eating more root vegetables and hearty greens during the fall and winter months while eating fruit, salads, and tomatoes, during the summer are ways to eat in a more sustainable way. Food Sustainability not only directly effects us as a human population, but also our surrounding environment and agriculture as well. When we take a step back and look at food for what it is and where it came from, we may end up saving our ecosystem one onion at a time. 

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