Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Eating Local and Organic

Researching Organic Farm web sites today, I came across this artical in the newsletter for Delaney Farms and I wanted to share it with you as a reminder as to why the goal is to eat organic and local produce. As a farmer Jordan makes it clear why consumers benefit from the choice to eat organic. http://www.delaneysartisanfoodsmarket.com/HOME.html

Answering the nagging question, “Where are all the tomatoes?!?”
Spring is here? Isn't it wonderful! Spring is rich with lots of new fruits and vegetables coming into season. Strawberries, asparagus, naval oranges, blood oranges, broccoli and cauliflower and so much more. Our bodies are enriched greatly by eating the diversity of in-season-living from the abundance of our agri-rich geo-location.
Many customers come into Delaney's and specifically request tomatoes. I of course say "tomatoes are not in season”. Which is usually met with the following statement, “Oh well, then I guess I’ll have to go to (X or Y corporate grocery store)”. At Delaney's our focus is to "live in season" "Why?, you ask. Because generally when we when we purchase out-of-season produce, while we may be thinking we are enjoying all the perks that our economical rich country has to offer, there is a somewhat bigger backlash which we may not be considering. Here are a few points to think about.
Eating locally means eating in Season.
Health benefits and considerations of “Eating In-Season”. It is far healthier to eat from the ground you live on and near. Of course I mean the well composted farmland or soil. Your local grounds are rich with the nutrients your body needs to combat the elements in your local eco system. Eating locally helps your body build a complete immune response to local allergens and toxins.
“Eating In-Season” has the Agri-diversity your pantry needs. Eating in season lends itself to culinary creativity. Instead of tomatoes on your salad how about, avocadoes, sprouts, olives, wheat berries? Allergic to wheat berries? Try quinoa. Staying away from grains? How about nuts? Allergic to nuts? How about orange slices? The possibilities are plentiful. All the above choices are nutrient dense and a marvelous alternative to tomatoes. That is, till they come in season in about June.
Obvious Toxins of out of season non local produce: Tomatoes or any other produce that come from a distance are covered in petrochemicals from miles of travel, Gassed with chemicals (toxins) to ensure they ripen on schedule, Covered in a non water-soluble toxic wax used to keep them looking pretty. Yes, that’s right, even the “Organic” ones.
The price of energy and local and global pollution of the planet or to be more specific the pollution of our own communities.
The economic price; higher fuel prices. Which you may say, “No big deal, I can afford it”. But, for how long?
What about the high price of slave labor from other countries used to harvest these tomatoes which enable them to arrive on our corporate grocery store shelves cheap enough for us to purchase with a falling dollar? Why do we care about slave labor? Well, because number one it’s immoral and number two it may be coming to a community near you.
Let us not forget the global backlash an animosity that comes from the frustration that accompanies being a nation of consumers not producers.
The economic toll of these monies not being spent with local organic farms and farmers who need the support to survive.
Eat Local, Eat Organic, Eat Family Farm, Eat in Season!
Jordan Stone, Founder

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