Here in Southern Ontario, we have some of the most nutrient rich land, yet we rely on a lot of imported food, processed food, and convenient food.
Our viewpoint of food since the industrial revolution has shifted from local to global. Imagine the layperson of old England eating a pineapple. Yet, the trend of local food has yet again arisen with Alisa Smith & J. B. MacKinnon’s “100 mile diet: a year of eating locally”
This poses a question to me: Is eating local really better?
- Fresher, tastier food
- Healthier, less preservatives
- the knowledge of where the food has come from
- more personal
- free range meat
- not a diverse diet
- harder to find
- not year round
By mentioning these, I hope to explore each point.
People are being more conscious about what they are putting into their bodies through food. We are also putting more emphasis on global environmental issues and how food is involved in those issues.
Local food is by far important. I am hoping to use this forum to find an answer to how important it is.
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