So I’m a shopper of Whole foods, I like organic things and I like to stay healthy. Our conversation in class about local foods got me wondering about where the organic food I ate was coming from and if I was being more of a hindrance than a part of the solution. On my next trip to the market, I was amazed that most of the foods I bought were not from Florida, or even this region! Most of my food came from Mexico or California, I’m not even supporting my own country a portion of the time. I searched for local alternatives and sadly, I could only find a few of the foods I had wanted that were local: peppers, cabbage, citrus (naturally), green beans, as far as fresh produce goes. There is a lot more local options in other sections. There were very few choices in the seafood department as well! Only one was marked as being caught using safe fishing methods and being local.
I was shocked that as far as fresh food goes, there was not a whole lot to choose from for local foods from Whole foods. With them trying to be so environmentally concerned, why are they not taking the step to be considerate on how FAR the food travels. I know that it is business, but this has me considering going to only local Farmer’s Markets for the majority of my food from now on.
Here is a list of all the local Farmers Whole foods does work with and their locations if you are interested! http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/local-vendor-profiles/FL
Thanks for reading! – Kat Jackson