When we’re shopping at the grocery store for our family most of us don’t think of the exact pinpoint location of where each vegetable, meat and produce we eat comes from. We look at each fresh food for quality, colour and what seems to be a fresh appearance and feel. What most consumers don’t realize is that most of these seemingly fresh foods can take days or even weeks before reaching our grocery stores and losing many nutritional elements along the way. Educating ourselves and our families to where our food comes from is only the beginning to what we can do to help; it starts with each household and changing purchasing habits.
Going from the city to a farming community lifestyle by choice I became increasingly aware of how difficult it is for farmers to establish, let alone make ends meet and continue what they love to do carrying on family farming tradition throughout generations. My in-laws came from a generation of crop farmers. Naturally we approached them with a desire to continue on the farming tradition upon their retirement however they talked us out of it. In fact, it is becoming increasingly normal for farmers to retire the family farm and these generations of families move into the cities but who replaces these farms and farmers? Farms are replaced by commercial, industrial and suburban properties and we become reliant on imports.
In 15 years our food imports raised 160% and our population only 15%.
Why does this effect you?
- We may eventually lose the ability to produce foods we consume; think of future generations.
- Negative impacts our economy, neighbourhood and our environment.
How can you help? Buy LOCAL first! How?
- Support local farmers, farming communities and programs like farmer markets, u-pick farms, craft shows and agribition.
- Start looking for locally grown and Canadian raised foods in your grocery stores.
- Ask for and purchase locally grown and raised foods. The closer to home you purchase your food, the fresher it will likely be.
- Check school cafeteria programs to see if they purchase local foods.
- Encourage family and friends to make the switch.
Initially imported foods seem less expensive but at what cost? Watch this video to learn why making the conscious switch is important for economy, community, environment and family. The more we support locally grown and raised foods, the better chance future generations of farmers continue to provide self-sufficient living.
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Opinions are my own and solely those of This Lil Piglet.