Eating locally grown foods is one of the best things you can do for your own health and for the health of the planet, according to the Worldwatch Institute.
They record the difference between eating locally grown tomatoes and imported, in A Tale of Two Tomatoes
Picked while green, Tom is gassed to redness. In order to better survive the long journey to market, many tomatoes are picked while hard and green, then sprayed with a hormone to help them ripen. This is just one of the eye-opening practices that has become commonplace in our industrial food system.
The peak ripeness of fruits and vegetables once determined the timing of harvest festivals throughout the growing season. Ripeness—not the kind that comes from a hormone gas—is still a passion among local farmers. While it may be hard to forego the convenience of long-distance fruits and vegetables throughout the winter, it's only natural that we leap at the opportunity for honest food—local food—when prime season arrives.
Their web site has plenty of practical information on eating local.
Posted by gary at January 8, 2006 09:13 AM
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