Submitted by RWC Sustainability Club
Here in the Rogue Valley, we’re fortunate to live in an area with many farms that grow a wide variety of foods. With all the foods that are grown here, it makes sense for us to be “locavores”-to eat local. Locally grown food tastes better because farmers who sell directly to the local consumer don’t have to deal with packing, shipping and shelf-life issues. These farmers can focus on more important things like quality, nutrition, and taste. Buying local also means consumers can have a connection with the farm and land that the food is coming from: you can know where and how your food was grown or raised. With all the news stories we hear about pesticides that cause chronic disease, pathogens in meats and vegetables, and the inhumane treatment of animals, it makes more sense now than ever before to know what you’re eating and where it’s from. And of course, it’s much easier to know what you are eating if it was grown right around the corner. Unfortunately, the reality in the United States is that the average fresh food item on our dinner table travels 1,500 miles to get there. Buying from our local farmers totally eliminates the need for this gas guzzling transportation, simultaneously helping the environment and supporting our local economy.
Eating locally also means eating seasonally, eating the readily available crops in our local area and preserving them so they’re available throughout the year. There are many great resources for eating local foods, some farms and markets are even able to accept Oregon Trail (EBT): check out the Rogue Valley Online Market at http://www.buylocalrogue.org/, buy from your local Grower’s Markets, farm stands, or join a Community Supported Agriculture. After all, we are what we eat, so let’s be sure and eat wholesome, sustainably grown local foods.
For more information please contact the Sustainability Club at RCCSustainabilityClub@gmail.com