A locavore is a person who’s committed to eating food that’s produced or grown within their local region or community. Most locavores define local as anything that is within 100 miles of their homes. They also prefer seasonal (rather than hothouse) vegetables and fruits. This is because local fruits and vegetables that are grown out of season in hot houses heated by fossil fuels which contribute to climate change.
The locavore movement and strategy is typically meant to achieve four goals that are interrelated:
- healthy diets that are based on the consumption of fresh produce
- the support of local agriculture and economies
- the support of equitable economic relationships in the agricultural sector
- a small carbon footprint, since fresh produce that’s grown locally doesn’t require extensive use of fossil fuel for refrigeration, processing, distribution and transportation
The locavore or “local food” movement is the agricultural face of bioregionalism. Bioregionalism is grounded on the principle that people should learn about and take responsibility for their local waters and lands, mainly live within the means of the local ecological systems, support the local economies and politically organize to promote the sustainability of their community or region.
Reasons For Becoming A Lovacore
Nutrition – Nutritional value of food products declines, often dramatically, as time passes after harvest. Because locally grown and produced food products are fresh, they are more nutritionally complete. It also enables one to cut down on the amount of pesticides and herbicides one’s family consumes. Typically local use less of these poisons than industrial farms use.
Time To Table – Local foods tend to spend less time in transit, making it less likely that the nutrient value has decreased. Often times, produce in farmers markets are harvested less than 24 hours prior to purchase.
Variety – Local organic farmers aren’t limited to the few plant varieties that are bred for long distance shipping, high shelf life and yields. By purchasing locally grown and produced food products one is able to add variety to one’s diet.
Taste – Locally grown are normally allowed to ripen naturally on the plant, rather than artificially in a supermarket or truck and are also fresh when purchased from the local markets, as a result they taste better.
Supports the local economy – Buying locally grown and produced food products creates work for local farmers and home industry bakers to the label printers, package designers and even the delivery people. By purchasing locally grown and produced food products one is able to build the local economy.
Promotes food safety – Food products that have been transported over long distances have a higher chance of being contaminated Locally grown foods tend to be safer to eat because they have been exposed to fewer opportunities for contamination.
Conserve energy and reduce pollution – By purchasing foods that grown and produced locally one is able reduce the amount of energy and fossil fuel that is used to transport food products from other agricultural areas that are thousands of miles away. It also enables one to reduce the amount of air pollution that occurs as a result of transporting food products to the consumers.
Hopefully this posts helps you understand what a locavore is, and why we do what we do. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask away in the comments.