I'm studying global nutrition and health and are currently reading WHO's Fruit and Vegetable Action Plan in preparation for class. Thought I would share this paragraph with you, which brings me to the questions; How local do you eat? Where do you live and what kind of fruit/veggies are provided? :)
"Studies show that nutrients and non-nutrients (table 1), if eaten as vitamin tablets or added to food, are less likely to be as protective as vegetables and fruit. Moreover, the closer vegetables and fruits are grown to the consumer the better. Local, fresh produce has a greater likelihood of having a higher content of antioxidants compared with produce that has been stored or transported for long periods during which both flavour and nutritional value can deteriorate. During storage the level of vitamin C falls. During transportation every time a container is jostled, oxygen can penetrate more quickly if the produce is damaged, and the ageing process speeds up. Vitamins A, B and E are also destroyed by rough handling, bright lights and/or exposure to air. If the growing of local produce is increased, then micronutrient rich vegetables and fruit can help reduce both food insecurity and micronutrient deficiency."
I live in Copenhagen, Denmark, and right now there is abundance of juicy apples, pears, plums, pumpkins, kale, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, celery, onions and all kinds of berries,.
I love the autumn!
* Peace, love and local fruit *
Local is good but Im more focused on what is tasty. Tasty fruit is the most nutritious fruit. Often imported fruit is better quality than the local fruit.
Depends on where one is though. I can eat 100% local in Chanthaburi Thailand and its the best fruit on earth. Then there is Adelaide Australia where eating big macs is more local and cheaper than eating Australian grown bananas and mangoes.
Local doesnt mean much to me. Taste for me means EVERYTHING. Gimme tasty over local any meal. Local would be an obvious bonus though.
I live at 8,000 feet in the mountains of Colorado. not much grows here. But my garden is full of chard and kale at the present time. I do have some fruit plots but got nothing this year for fruit.
All else comes from the store.
I agree, taste is of most importance! In my experience, local food is fresher and tastier, picked ripe etc:) But only when it comes to food that is possible to grow here of course. I'm wondering if this diet changes a lot, depending on where you live and what is typically grown..
Right now it is quite pleasant to live this way in sweden. All greens and veggie fruits can be found locally grown and even organically. But within a month when the local greens start to drop out, it wont be as easy. Ive ruled out the conventional alternatives of some produce, like celery for example, narrowing the path further. Guess i will have to endure a long break from various stuff.
I actually got the opportunity to pick tree-ripened versions of the swedish hardy trio (apple, pear, plum) in my hometown. It really was an amusement. The pears were surprisingly sweet and tasty. But to try and exclude imported fruits during autumn and rely on the trio plus berries and maybe a touch of grapes would require some serious effort. It would probably be more attractive to flee from the north.
Hehe you're right, I can't survive without bananas and dates + lots of other (imported) fruit in the autum/winter also. I think I may move further south when I get the opportunity:p
You help the environment so much by not eating meat that being worried about how importing bananas hurts the planet is really not worth it.
In terms of how healthy it is, good luck getting bananas grown from the North ;)
In the south of Spain, we are lucky and can eat 100% local for about 10 months of the year. We could do 12 months if we could afford cherimoyas in quantity at the end of the winter, but we can't so we get bananas from the Canarian islands, technically still Spain territory, but not really local anymore. And veggies are 100% from the garden year round.
And right now is the best time of the year, with so many different kind of mangoes. Really no need for imported stuff. Check this video at 14.30http://youtu.be/dKtdi5ULp54
And regarding taste, it just depends on who picked your fruits. Local or imported, they can both be tasty or tasteless.
But it feels so much better to be able to get our food without relying on big oil.
Sounds terrific. Well ten months and some semi-local bananas is certainly good enough.
How is the availability of organic produce in your region? markets etc.
Hehe ive actually seen the video, all i can say is that i should have thought twice about not going because of my studies.
Yea, but i picked the pears from a wild tree, and the summer up here have been colder than usual, so beforehand i was not expecting anything close to fantastic, but was proved wrong. I assume warmth is not the only thing that affects their sweetness and overall taste.
Where we are you can find some organic produce, but most get shipped to the north and all over Europe. But it's easy to meet some growers and get stuff from them directly as well.
Maybe we'll see you next year at the festival, we have it earlier in september.
thriving here on the Big Island Hawaii for the past 10 years now in the northern side, been eating 99% local most of the time, a few things I order from mainland are dates from the date people waiting for my palms to fruit more productive and I know places nearby to collect them at this time of year just need to climb 25' up the tree to get them,
there is always plenty of fruits and veggies here to forage, grow or purchase.
My goals have been to grow all my food and sometimes i have an annual garden producing enough to supply the amounts of Kale, lettuce, and other greens and annual fruits to get the calories I need to fuel my body to have the energy to plant trees and keep up with the garden prodjects i spread myself thinly at .
lately I trade fruits or plants for veggies to a few farms I work near or from the lady who market gardens in a spot on my farm
today I started out with a quart or so of spring water then a young coconut water, ate 4 types of mango,
then weeded and mulched in the lower orchard then found a small ripe jackfruit at arms reach and saw a few more ripe bigger one higher up in the tree i will climb to get later when I get someone to help me eat them, , then i weeded and mulched soem sugercane and fruit trees with kukui leave mulch to add light also, ate some silk fig bananas, now I am doing laundry in town and have some large ripe plantains the tongan type, when I get to the farm later will prolly pick a cabbage, vineripened heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers lettuce kales arugula, mizuna radashbeets and carrots grated into salad topped with some avocado so today like most days is 100% local organic from my farm
thinkin about placing an order with the Date people to get a 12 pack sampler and a box of dripping wet barhis too ,, ohhhhh making that phone order now
much love and aloha
I order dates from the mainland, but here on Maui, I pretty much get all my fruit and produce from our local farmer's market. I feel so blessed. The apple bananas here are the best in the world!
What was the source of this quote? Could you post it?