This Saturday is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate than to look out how we can contribute to the well-being of our planet with the choices we make everyday? Eating organic and local benefits the environment in a number of ways, and it just so happens that it is also good for our own personal well-being, so it’s a win-win!
These days, it may seem that you can get any produce at any time of the year—grapes from Chile in December, strawberries from Florida in February, tomatoes grown year-round in hot houses. Eating seasonally, though, can help you eat local foods, reduce your carbon footprint, save money and the biggest bonus of all—fresh food is more nutritious and tastes better! Produce starts to lose nutrients and flavor after picking so the sooner it is eaten, the more nutritious and tasty, plus when produce travels long distances there is the chance of quality degradation and spoilage.