The class discussion on the biodiversity of food was really enlightening for me and it got me thinking about the food that I consume at school and at home. So much of our food has travel as far as it does in order to reach our supermarkets, and I didn’t realize how great an impact that has on the quality of the food and the environment in which it grows.
I come from a pretty big family, so our trips to the grocery store are weekly and bulky. There are seven of us in my house, and now that my brothers and I are grown up and have different schedules, our dinners tend to be quick, easy to fix meals. This usually means frozen pizza, or chicken nuggets, or macaroni and cheese with peas from a can. Our bananas and apples and oranges are purchased year round, and when I’m home, there are always raspberries in the fridge (raspberries are my favorite). I never stopped to think about whether or not the fruit is in season, or about how far my food is actually traveling. Needless to say, convenience is a bigger priority in my house than where the food comes from.
But our class made me wonder how much more inconvenient it would actually be to try purchasing more locally grown fruits and vegetables. “Locavore” is a term I’ve never heard before last class, but I found that there are actually a lot of resources online for locally grown food near my city. I found a blog that is dedicated to posting recipes for meals that you can make with food purchased from specific farms near the city. There’s a farmer’s market that happens on the weekends in the summer not far from where I live, and I think it’d be really worthwhile to check it out sometime.
I doubt that my family, being as big and as busy as it is, would be able to switch to a completely local diet, but I’m glad to know that there are healthier, environmentally friendlier options that are easily accessible to me.