Go local…

In America there is a change that is happening with the standards of the food we buy. There is a big push for everyone to go organic everything, dairy, vegetables, fruits, meats. We are seeing this push through media, especially social media. if you scroll through your Facebook feed there is a high chance you’ll see and add calming that a food company now offers some kind of product organic. More often than not these foods aren’t truly organic by any means. With this being said there are consumers that have completely stopped going to the grocery store and only go to their local farmers market, or raise their own food. probably one of the biggest pushes for being organic is eggs… yes eggs. There a thousands of people who are willing to pay seven dollars for six eggs, that clam they are organic, when they aren’t, because they are certified through the USDA. So many people now buy their own chickens, raise them up to produce their own truly organic eggs. A lot of families are doing this because they truly know where their food is coming from and how the birds are raised. Besides that, parents are using these chickens to help teach their children how to respect animals  and treat them with care. Adding on to this now there are seed and feed companies that are producing non-GMO feed and, gluten free feed, yes it’s possible. With many families going organic and gluten free, the feed companies are filling the need for this specialty food for the animals. Yes, it is always going to be easier to go to the store and buy a dozen eggs and fruit and vegetables, but to many people,  they are starting to realize that knowing where their food comes from is really important. Because they know there isn’t any extra medications in the animal.

Store-Bought Eggs Vs. Farm-Fresh Eggs

Colleen Wilburn

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Go local…

  1. Many times we have tried to go get off the grocery habit, but end up doing a lot of work for stuff that grows well in Cincinnati, but isn’t really appealing in quantity. For instance one year about March the only thing ready to harvest were radishes. We ate pounds of radishes every day, gave radishes to the neighbors, tried to sell them to a market, etc. The local movement is great, but the spice of life is variety. Backyard farming doesn’t provide that variety in a lot of seasons.

    MC50

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  2. I didn’t know families in areas were starting to raise their own chickens, a more friendly idea than caged birds. Cutting artificial sweeteners out of foods seems to be a kind of craze as of late. At my job we cut out almost all gmos from our salad dressings ingredients. Cutting down on sugar is also really popular, as people are becoming more educated on how sugar affects the brain they cut back on candy and unnecessary sweets.

    Chandler B

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  3. I think it’s great that you chose to talk about this! There are so many great farmers market in Cincinnati as well as organic farms! In high school, I used to work on an organic farm sometimes and would be able to take home fresh veggies, fruits, and eggs and the difference between those and the ones I would get from the grocery store were just worlds apart. Like someone said before were in an environment here in Cincinnati where you can grow a lot of different stuff depending on the time of year.

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  4. I may be in the minority, but I really think that going local goes further than just shopping at farmers markets for your produce. We live in an incredibly biodiverse area of the world with all sorts of fish and animals and vegetables that can be harvested here just like those before us. Through gathering your own meat and growing your own vegetables not only will we live healthier lives, the environmental impact of mass farming and the transportation of that food to us will less than before.

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  5. It is extremely important to know where your food comes from. If you grow or raise your food yourself you know exactly where it came from! your backyard! and there will not be a lot of chemicals and preservatives in your food because you created it yourself!

    Tom Walters

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  6. Knowing where the food you eat comes from brings a sort of comfort to people and also knowing when to buy or even grow certain fruits and vegetables and where the local markets are can bring comfort to the people buying or producing the produce.

    – Tarah Klenk

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  7. I’m usually the first to roll my eyes at claims of ‘organic’ or ‘all-natural’ being healthy for you, but there are legitimate claims that eating locally is better. There are several environment benefits of local eating. It offers incentives for farmers to keep nutrient cycling at a local level (such as nitrogen and phosphorus) so there is no ‘feast or famine’ effect as excess soil nutrients get shipped somewhere else.

    It also reduces shipping and transportation of food, meaning food can be harvested later. Many crops are harvested early and allowed to ripen off-vine, or flashed with radiation to prevent early ripening so they can be sold hundred of miles from where they were sold. Cheaper produce can result in healthier eating habits and hopefully more people backing away from over-processed foods.

    Plus it helps local economies, as the money made in the community stays in the community.

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