Today is Blog Action Day so I plan on providing some of the small things that contribute to reducing my impact on the environment.
I try to do as much of my fresh food shopping as I can at my local farmer’s market. These are held at the Powerhouse in New Farm on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.
The reasons I do all my fresh food shopping at the local farmers markets are:
- The supply chain is shortened. If food travels a shorter distance, less carbon dioxide is created during its transportation.
- The food I buy does not use fancy plastic packaging (I use green bags), nor does it require long term retail refrigeration.
- The food I buy is so fresh that it lasts a full two weeks in my fridge. This means less food is wasted.
- Because the food lasts two weeks, I only need to do my shopping once every two weeks. This means I travel less frequently to the shops.
- Most of the market vendors I shop at do not have plastic bags so this encourages people to use environmental bags.
- The food tastes more intense and is better for my body.
Take the example of garlic:
- Grown in bulk in China.
- Unknown growing conditions.
- Has traveled 8000+ kilometers before it hits your belly.
- No idea how long it has been in transportation.
- White in colour, artificial tasting.
- Costs $0.99
- Locally grown in Australia by an Australian farmer.
- Organically grown, no chemicals.
- Has traveled less than 100 kilometers for you to eat it.
- Beautiful purple in colour, fresh and flavoursome.
- Costs $3