Naturopathic Tip of the Month: Fruits and Veggies: To Buy Local or Organic?
This dilemma will spark discussion among all of us who love to eat fresh, wholesome foods for our bodies – especially in the summer months when fresh fruits and veggies are abundant. So, what’s the best choice? Below are some facts to help you make more of an informed decision.
Local – most often refers to produce within 100-150 miles (approx 240 km). Eating local produce means you’re eating seasonal and fresh (remember those yummy cucumbers from your grandmother’s garden?), supporting our local farmers and reducing our carbon footprint. Food for thought: in a society that loves the ease of eating a variety of foods all year round, eating local greatly decreases our options of produce availability.
Organic – produce is grown under strict agricultural guidelines. Farmers must adhere to protecting the environment (i.e. promoting biodiversity and decreasing pollution etc) and farm food with as little as possible, synthetic pesticides, herbicides and growth hormones. Food for thought: Does the organic red pepper from Mexico , shipped mid-winter, outweigh the massive fuel emissions it took to get it to your table?
Keep in mind, that while not black and white, the best choice is the one that resonates best with you. Work with your Naturopathic Doctor to help you choose the best, most nutrient-packed foods for you!