Loving locally sourced, high-quality food isn’t just a trend, it’s the future. And that’s not a bad thing.
Lately, it feels like anything futuristic is negative or dystopic. There is a consensus the world is not going in an ideal direction, and one of those is the pervasive sense of loss of community. In an age of the internet, media, and instant gratification, we are more starved than ever for genuine connection.
What does this have to do with food, you might ask, specifically locally sourced food? Actually, quite a bit.
Human civilization has long had ties between community and food. Our evolution, and even our survival, has depended on being able to work together to hunt, gather, and farm to ensure we can sustain ourselves.
While a lot has changed over the course of the last millennia, one core thing has not: having a strong community really matters. Also, we can’t survive without eating (and who would want to miss out on all that delicious food?) That’s why buying locally sourced food is so important, as it strengthens communities on many, many levels—and it keeps you happy, healthy, and full.
The process of how food gets on to your table or into your stomach is far more complex than we probably think about on a daily basis, but we how we grow, buy, and cook food is systematically ingrained into our society—and our lives. When you buy local, you improve your own life, and the lives of those around you. Here’s how:
Not only does buying local support businesses in your community, it also produces less waste because it shortens the distribution chain. This means less food waste and less environmental waste, which hurts no one.
It’s healthier. When food comes from your local farms and stores, it will be fresher because it hasn’t been packaged and shipped globally to get to you. You also know where it’s coming from because it’s easier to have a personal relationship with a smaller business.
You have more power as a consumer as well. Food is a necessity, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have options regarding how you choose to spend your hard-earned money. When it comes down to it, you empower yourself when you buy locally sourced food because this creates a chain reaction. The more something is bought locally, the more demand there is for local food. The more demand there is for local food, the more businesses with locally sourced food and community ties can flourish. The more your community flourishes, the better off you’ll be, and the more say you’ll have in where your food comes from, and in the level of quality of that food.
Keeping things local is more than just a trend and a big part of what we do at Mama Gaia. Our food is fresh and locally sourced, which directly benefits your community, and community is at the heart of our mission. Empower yourself by empowering where you live.
Want more information about the benefits of buying local food? Check out this article from Forbes:
"Covid 19 Has Given Consumers Five New Reasons to Eat Local"--Forbes