When it comes to food, there are a lot of variations one finds across cultures and societies. There has also been a shift in eating trends across a span of time. With a lot of research around global eco-crisis, now comes the age of green eating. A simple eco-diet is a vegan diet. While most individuals shun away from the idea, there has been a remarkable increase in the number of vegans. Even though not many, would go the other way in this respect, fortunately that is not the end of the road for eco-diet. There is a lot more to it.
Locally grown food is a great place to start when you are trying to follow healthy eating or green living lifestyles. There are benefits to this. Firstly we need to consider that a lot less time is taken in the delivery time of the vegetables to the kitchen. This bodes well for perishables as the wastage is reduced. A common practice among food vendors is to use pesticides, antibiotics and chemicals to protect foods that may spoil during transportation. These are harmful to the eco system and can be avoided altogether in the case of fruits and vegetables supplied by local farms. As a result one gets fresh food that tastes better, it is more nourishing and is free from pollutants.
Another concern is the utilization of energy resources spent on fruits and vegetables from growth to consumption. One can save a lot of time, energy and materials if food processing is avoided. Metal, plastic, paper and rubber can be saved if the farm is close to its market. This also results in less fuel being used for transport purposes. So the next time you go to the local vendor, do ask him the story of that apple before it landed in your basket!