Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Five reasons we're #LovinLocal

By Mark Singh, with Valerie Cassells

Why care about local food? We've got five great reasons for you.

1. It’s fresh, delicious, and makes less of a journey from farm-to-table

Ontario's Greenbelt is the heart of the province's agricultural sector. When you choose food from local farmers, it travels a fraction of the distance from the farm to your table – meaning it’s fresher, more nutritious, and generates fewer greenhouse gas emissions along the way. Bottom line: local food is not just good for you, it’s also good for the environment, which is good for you, which is good for the environment… you get the idea. It’s a win/win.

2. It supports local farmers

Eating more local food means your money stays local, too – it’s a direct investment in the sustainability of our farmers and helps them keep them doing what they do best. With so many global brands dominating daily life, a focus on simpler, local businesses is as refreshing as the fruit they offer.

3. It's super-easy to find

Just because you live in the middle of concrete and construction doesn’t mean you can’t conveniently consume fresh, local food. In fact, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to farmers’ markets and roadside vendors – but that’s not the only way to get your fill. Look for the Foodland Ontario logo in your grocery store, and choose to eat at restaurants that are FeastON designated. If your local grocer doesn’t carry local food, be sure to tell them you want more of it (it can’t hurt).

4. It's available year-round.

Eating locally isn’t restricted to the spring and summer months. Believe it or not, it's easy to find locally-grown food year-round. Who knew? Visit The Local Dish to find out what’s available when, and get tons of great recipes for winter, spring, summer, and fall.

5. It supports pollinator health

Did you know that 1 in 3 bites of food can be attributed to pollination? Pollinators are critical to our agricultural system – and they are in decline! Supporting local food, growing your own food and planting native wildflowers all help to support local pollinators. What’s good for pollinators is good for you.

To find out more about local food, visit our website, check out the Foodland Ontario availability guide (to know what's in season when) and check out The Local Dish for tons of recipes and how-to videos. 

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