Since Tuesday is the day when we “pause for a cause,” I thought it would be great to feature this article about eating local from Organic Soul.
First, why is it even important to eat local? Eating local “should minimize the costs and needs of transportation, uses of chemicals, and benefit the community.” Chemicals is a huge one for us at Charleston Naturally. Preservatives are arguably some of the most harmful things that we humans are constantly exposed to in our food (and beauty products as well). If your food doesn’t have to travel the average 1,800 miles to your plate, it’s easier to buy fresh and eat fresh. Buying in smaller amounts (because things will go bad without preservatives) will ensure your budget and health also return to a safe balance. You’ll also be aiding your state’s economy. And those are three things Americans need to work on most.
Though there are arguments about what constitutes “local,” Congress–in the 2008 Farm Act–stated that “local” really means regional. The agricultural product should be within 400 miles of the origin to be considered local. We think you can do even better than that, however.
Who knew we could solve these kinds of problems by eating local? Well, Charleston does. This city is constantly adding new restaurants (and food trucks) with locally-grown ingredients and no preservatives, new CSAs and new Farmers’ Market-type events. Our Marion Square Farmers’ Markets is scheduled to start again in April–by the way–and it was just recognized by Country Living as one of the country’s 10 best Farmers’ Markets! Since we are becoming increasingly popular with tourists, celebrities, foodies, fashionistas and winos, it’s important that we keep setting the tone in the South (and the rest of the country) for a movement toward organic and local food.