Updated: Aug 23, 2021
The future of food recommendations reminds us that local food is directly connected to public health and the environment.
Last year a committee of scientists from around the globe came together to publish diet recommendations that would support well being and mitigate climate change. The straightforward and occasionally conservative report made one thing abundantly clear. Food is the single strongest lever to improve environmental sustainability on Earth. (EAT-Lancet Report)
“Food is the single strongest lever to improve environmental sustainability on Earth”
Although confronting the reality of climate change can feel scary, there is a positive and exciting outlook for the future of food production and the opportunities that may arise. One cool shift has been the "locavore" and "farm-to-table" movement.
Supporting Local Farms
In a push to fight for sustainable food production in North America and around the world movements, like "locavore" and "farm-to -table" have encouraged people to shift their diets in reasonable ways. Eating local means advocating for the farming methods local farmers and ranchers use to grow food. Eating locally also usually means adding more fruits and vegetables into our diets. These changes are the cornerstones of all the food changes we will see in the near future.
In the state of Connecticut, there is a total of 381,539 acres of farmland being used by 5,521 different farms (Connecticut Agriculture). Most of these farms offer a CSA or subscription service. Many also attend or host farmers markets and pop-up markets. As the winter season ends and farms start gearing up for the Spring, think about the foods you eat and where they come from. Ask yourself, can I go to a farmers market or maybe check out the local farm this season? Maybe you'll find the food tastier. Perhaps knowing where your food comes from will give you some peace of mind.