Among other things I emphasizes eating local food. Here in Northern, MI we have the pleasure of being exposed to local organic meats, vegetables and fruits (my mouth waters with the thought of plump cherries). Take advantage wherever and whenever you can. Jump in to your local scene and enjoy!
Why Eat Local...
First and foremost eating local food tastes better! It is fresh, it is crisp, it is bright, it is full of life. Second, it's good for our local economy, making your community even more awesome then it already is. Third, it has had time to ripen making it more nutrient dense and full of flavor. It forces us to eat seasonally, which gives us the best nutrient-dense food possible. Lastly, you are doing good for the environment. If food doesn't have far to go then it means less gas, noise, chemicals and traffic pollution. And, if you choose organic you are preserving are oh so precious soil, water and air.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency defines sustainability as "Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. Sustainability is important in making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment."
This is why I choose local, organic raised foods and goods whenever I can. I choose to look at the bigger picture and how my decision to buy local and organic has a direct effect on the sustainability of not only our local community, but our beautiful earth.
I can't stress or encourage you enough to seek out your local farmers market, your local grass-fed farmers for your beef and poultry, pork, eggs, butter. Eat at restaurants that utilize the goods in your area. Shop locally, eat locally, be in your community.