We eat out of convenience rather than considering the quality of what we consume. In a nation where fast food is easily accessible and affordable, we regularly eat highly processed foods when we really should be allowing our bodies to do the processing.
There’s an obvious divide between food conservers versus food wasters. Food conservers make good use of the food they have already acquired. They justify their actions and personal motives behind their choices while thinking critically of how their food could benefit their health. Food wasters are those who don’t make full use of the things they’ve purchased, don’t recycle and are careless in their food consumption.
Most people would rather live comfortably, with easily accessible food at their fingertips than buying locally grown products.
Buying locally grown products, or even better, growing your own produce can have significant effects on your body as well as your surrounding environment.
As a consumer nation, we ought to consider where our food comes from, and the processes it goes through before it gets to our plates. By buying locally grown food, not only are you aware of exactly where it came from, but you’re helping reduce your ecological footprint on the earth by reducing the cost of the manufactures, shipping, packaging and entire process the food took to get to the store.
Though one may argue that buying locally grown food, like from the Puyallup Farmers market, is more expensive, I would respectfully disagree. On a student budget, it may be challenging to find affordable organic or environmentally friendly products, but the cost will be saved tremendously in the long run with your health and potential doctor’s bills due to poor eating choices.
It’s all about balance, variety and moderation.
There are hidden costs within the prices of seemingly affordable highly processed foods. It’s not priced or purchased honestly with the cost of shipping, packaging and damage to the environment and our bodies.
The food that we eat, such as beef from a cow or carrots from a garden—that food eats and receives nutrients too, so we ought to be aware that the food that we eat is part of a cycle that eats.
Eat whole, nutrient-rich foods from locally grown farms or gardens. Your body and the environment will thank you.
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