Eating local food

Eat a wide variety of seasonal, local foods, preferably sourced from environmentally conscious gardens, farms and kitchens. Try to add new species, not just new foods, to your diet. How much of your current food intake is based on wheat, cows and sugar?

The planet benefits as biodiversity in the diet means less monoculture in the fields. What does that have to do with your health? Everything. The vast monocultures require tremendous amounts of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to keep from collapsing. Diversifying those fields will mean fewer chemicals, healthier soils, healthier plants and animals and, in turn, healthier people. It’s all connected, which is another way of saying that your health isn’t bordered by your body and that what’s good for the soil is probably good for you, too.

  • Buying food out of season and from out of the area means more food miles, more fuel needed for transport, more storage and food that is generally less fresh and more expensive.
  • The cost of transport and storage is one of the reasons that our poor farmers get only 10 cents in every dollar that we pay for food.
  • We are lucky to live in a sub tropical area where we can grow foods such as potatoes and sweet potatoes, stone fruit and mangoes, tea and coffee. Take advantage of the fabulous food grown right here in the Northern Rivers.  Buy food for the taste, not the extended shelf life.

Even if you are not a keen gardener, it makes sense to grow a few edible plants in your garden that you need daily in your diet, for example leafy greens. Lettuce, rocket, pak choi, herbs and warrigal greens all sit nicely in the flower bed (though warrigal greens do tend to misbehave and take up more than their fair share of the bed in autumn unless you eat a lot of them). Preferably, plant them in a garden bed near the kitchen so won’t forget to pluck them daily for your pre-dinner salad or packed lunch.  If your garden bed is big enough you might even let some of them seed so that you don’t have to keep buying seeds or seedlings to replenish what you eat.

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