This is a video created by the company behind Hellmann’s mayonnaise as part of the Eat Real. Eat Local. campaign. Yes, it’s about Canada but the lesson here is one that is important to everyone. Even though my wife and I have been eating mainly organic, a lot of that food is still being shipped thousands of miles (especially in the winter) in order for me to eat it.
To combat this, among other issues with foods that are mass produced, last summer we experimented with locally grown produce through a CSA after I read several books on the topic but I found (due to many reasons) that the types of produce we received really wasn’t my thing. I want to do what’s right but I also need to be able to eat everything we purchase and after a couple of rounds of nettles and other vegetables that I had to look up several times and scour the web for recipes on how to actually use them, I figured it was better that I make a choice between wasted local food or eaten food that came from a distance.
What do you think of the video? Do you ever think twice before picking up that tomato or cucumber and wonder if it is worth eating it knowing that it may have traveled 1000s of miles before reaching you just so you’d save .05/lb over purchasing it from a local farmer? Do you shop at farmer’s markets? Perhaps you have a roadside stand that you know about that you’re willing to share. Whatever you think, go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you do when you purchase produce.