Let understand Seasonal Food benefits this ” World Environment Day”
Eating seasonal produce reduces the demand for out of season produce which further supports more local produce and supports local farming in our area which means less transportation, less refrigeration, and less irradiation of produce.
Food grown outside of their season or natural environment need a lot more human assistance in forms of pesticides, waxes, chemicals and preservatives to grow and look appealing to the consumers. By choosing local and seasonal produce, we are more likely to get a cleaner product!
Nature’s rhythm /Harmony
Tuning with nature’s rhythm makes us more aware and appreciative of the beauty around us. We can live in harmony with our surroundings instead of constantly living in conflict with nature. Embracing the natural rhythm of things also helps simplify our lives. The options are limited and we can trust that our food is nourishing and good for us!
Produce that have been allowed to fully ripen in the sun taste amazing! Freshly picked produce has the optimal flavour and is crispy, fragrant, juicy and colourful.
When farmers are harvesting a large abundance of produce due to the crop being in season, the cost of the produce will go down. When the produce is locally sourced because it’s in season in our area, then travelling expenses and storage are not required therefore reducing the production costs that are then passed onto the consumer. When we buy produce that is out of season, it’s normally sourced from out of area locations that have a different climate and it can also be stored for long periods of time to offer people a variety of produce all year round, these factors will push the price up.
Produce that is purchased in season is more likely to be fresher, consumed closer to harvesting and higher in nutritional value, some anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, folate and carotenes will rapidly decline when stored for long period of time. Locally in-season sourced fruits and vegetables will also appear brighter and more vibrant rather than limp and dried up. Fruits and vegetables that are stored for long periods of time due to transportation have a reduction in phyto-nutrient content.
In summer’s we need to cool down and stay hydrated by eating more fruits, berries, cucumber, watermelon etc. Building a lifestyle around seasonal food facilitates the body’s natural healing process.
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