Why Eating Local is Healthy and Sustainable
Eating local is a great way to eat a variety of healthy foods. This is especially true here on Hawaii, where the vast majority of food (87%) is imported from thousands of miles away. In fact, eating local is healthy and sustainable in several ways. Not only is it good for our bodies, but it’s also food for the environment and local economy. If you haven’t gone “locavore” yet, here are some great reasons to get started:
Local Eating is Mindful Eating
Eating healthy is all about watching what you eat, and going local means you have to check the label. It’s hard to ignore common fillers, artificial ingredients and other “stuff” when you have to slow down and check where the food comes from. When you are more mindful of the food you buy, you are less likely to give in to impulse cravings.
Local Foods Are More Nutritious
Not all food is created (or grown) equal. Did you know that even “fresh” produce imported from the mainland is less nutritious than the same produce grown on-island? Part of the reason lies in genetics. Large farms grow hybrids or genetically-modified crops that have a long shelf life, not nutritious value. Another reason is the length of time between picking and eating. Produce loses its nutritional value right after being picked. The longer it spends on the road, whether that’s a crate, a box, or in a can, the fewer vitamins and minerals it contains.
Local Food Producers are Environmentally Conscious
Large-scale farming and food production requires huge overhead, not only to grow the crops, but also to harvest and ship them across the ocean. The result is a huge environmental toll due to pesticides, synthetic fertilizer, and even fuel emissions.
Local island farmers, however, operate on a much smaller scale. They don’t cut corners to meet high overhead and profit margins. Local organic farmers are especially cautious of their farm’s ecosystem. They depend on it to survive, and are very active in protecting the islands’ resources from large-scale farming practices.
In the end, eating locally means supporting these local, sustainable farms, and refusing to support harmful large-scale producers on the mainland.
At Valley Isle Kombucha, we proudly source local and organic fruits in all of our special blends. Fresh island ingredients and a company that cares means a refreshing beverage that delivers the aloha life.