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supermarkets are increasingly encouraging consumers to adopt local foods due to sustainability, health benefits and taste considerations.

Buy locally produced produce is good for the environment and helps support local farms and growers, while simultaneously helping reduce its carbon footprint by cutting shipping costs across the nation.

Sustainability

Sustainability has quickly become a critical issue among many individuals and companies alike. Sustainability refers to an approach in business and policy which seeks to preserve natural resources so that they may be reused later.

Sustainability can be understood in multiple ways, but typically refers to three core principles: economic, environmental and social. For any system or project to be sustainable it must encompass these aspects simultaneously and balance them accordingly.

Businesses that adhere to these principles are able to maximize profits while protecting the environment. Furthermore, their employees and customers are satisfied with what they produce or provide as services.

Establishing an effective sustainability strategy can be a long and arduous process that takes considerable thought and planning, but its fruits can reap long-term rewards for businesses.

Businesses new to sustainability have many resources at their disposal to aid them, such as certifications and strategies that can increase operational efficiency while driving both social and environmental value for their company.

One way companies can assess their sustainability is by looking at their environmental footprint. Measuring environmental impacts enables organizations to evaluate whether or not they are on track with meeting their sustainability goals, and what changes may need to be implemented to enhance operations.

Companies can measure their sustainability in another way by looking at their supply chain. By analyzing this chain, companies can identify where their raw materials come from as well as assess how their distribution network functions and transports products.

Companies can also measure their sustainability by examining how their employees treat both the environment and each other. Employees working outside should be encouraged to do so in such a way that protects the planet.

Studies have demonstrated the value of purchasing locally produced fruit and veg as a means of supporting the local economy. When consumers spend on locally owned businesses and services, their spending typically boosts local economies further strengthening economic foundations within communities.

Health

Consuming local fruit and vegetables is good for both the environment and yourself, helping reduce carbon emissions and harsh chemical use while supporting local farmers in your community. Buying produce locally also gives back by supporting communities around you!

Fresh fruit can be beneficial to your health because it contains essential vitamins and nutrients like potassium, vitamin C, folate and more. These essential elements help lower risk factors associated with chronic diseases like high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes while preventing tooth decay and improving digestive functions.

Eating a variety of fruit and vegetable species is essential to leading a healthy diet. Furthermore, fruit and vegetable sources contain numerous antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other beneficial compounds that contribute to overall good health.

Fresh local produce differs significantly from out-of-season varieties in that it is picked within 24 hours or so and harvested at peak ripeness, maintaining both nutrients and flavors intact. This ensures maximum nutritional benefit as well as flavor enhancement from fresh local fruits and vegetables.

Recent research from the Netherlands discovered that fruit and vegetable consumption is linked with reduced risks of cardiovascular disease. More specifically, higher intake was linked with lower blood pressure and a decreased chance of stroke.

Include fresh fruit and vegetables as part of your daily diet for added benefits, as they contain essential minerals and vitamins such as magnesium, potassium, fiber, iron and vitamins A-K. Vegetables also boast phytochemicals rich in phytonutrients while remaining low in sodium and fat content; making this choice part of your routine can positively influence health in multiple ways.

Eating local fruits and vegetables offers another advantage; their taste tends to be superior when compared with out-of-season varieties, often being sweeter and less bitter than their counterparts that have traveled long distances or been stored.

Local fruits and vegetables can be found throughout the year at farmers markets or local shops depending on where you reside. Each region’s list of seasonal produce varies, but typically offers an ample selection.

Taste

Enjoying local fruit and veg at dinner time is a fantastic way to support local farmers while creating quality time with your family. Many farmers are happy to discuss the varieties they grow as well as give samples before selling their goods for sale.

Local products tend to be fresher when purchased locally, particularly if you live close to a farmer’s market or farm stand. This is because fewer intermediaries stand between their source farm and you – less transportation or storage costs and increased nutrition retained from vine-grown crops!

And you’ll likely enjoy greater flavor from your food! Now is a perfect opportunity to visit your local produce stand and stock up on seasonal favorites before they disappear forever.

Are You Looking for an Engaging Way to Introduce Students to Local Food Systems? Conduct a Multi-Day Taste Test of Fresh Produce From A to Z! Your students will enjoy discovering all types of local produce while enjoying some delectable treats!

There are many other ways you can assist your school in becoming an eco-leader.

Value

Locally-grown fruit and veg with fresher harvest dates is usually more nutritious than imported produce, due to transportation losses of nutrients due to air, temperature changes, or chemical degradation. Furthermore, fresh local-grown produce is less likely to have been exposed to harsh chemicals that are often used as preservatives during long distance shipping.

Local produce offers more than nutritional benefits: it also supports local farmers and reduces energy usage during transport of food products. Plus, buying local also benefits the environment by decreasing emissions from shipping as well as harmful chemicals – while at the same time supporting local businesses!

ERS works to enhance fruit and vegetable value chains to strengthen incomes and livelihoods for smallholder farmers across these chains, particularly smallholder farmers themselves. Through incentives, technical innovations and institutional solutions, safe, diverse, high-quality fruit and veg production and trading is maintained year round for over 1.5 million poor households worldwide.

Our work in developing countries helps protect biodiversity while providing more biodiverse vegetable varieties through improved cultivars, sustainable production methods and climate adaptation measures. Furthermore, it promotes adoption of good farming practices and food environments that improve access to diverse, safe and affordable fruits and vegetables – as well as address socio-demographic inequities that impact diets and health – as well as empower women and youth to join key value chains while supporting postharvest innovations to minimize post-harvest losses and ensure food safety.

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