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TalentFIT: Farm-to-Table, Why It Matters

Some of you may have heard the term “farm-to-table” but may not know exactly what it means, other than that a local farmer provided the food you’re eating.

Some recent studies have shown that farm-to-table is not only good for you, it’s better for our environment, too. Here are things to keep in mind if you are considering a farm-to-table lifestyle.

Some recent studies have shown that farm-to-table is not only good for you, it’s better for our environment, too. Here are things to keep in mind if you are considering a farm-to-table lifestyle.

  1. Supporting local farmers isn’t just good for local business, it’s good for you as well. Locally grown food doesn’t have to travel very far. Fruits and vegetables that need to travel long distances often are picked before they are fully ripe to prevent spoiling during travel. The problem with that is that the fruits and vegetables are picked before they completely ripen and absorb nutrients. So, that orange you’re eating may not be packed with as much vitamin C as you think, and that banana may not be providing your daily dose of potassium either!
  2. Local food is also good for the planet. The fewer miles a delivery truck needs to travel, the fewer gallons of gas it needs to consume.
  3. Buying locally grown food helps the local economy, especially local farmers.
  4. Farm-to-table doesn’t limit your food choices. In fact, it can provide more food options for you. You’ll be eating what’s fresh and in-season. You may even be introduced to a food you’ve never tried before. Local food products aren’t just fruits and vegetables. They also include local meat, dairy, eggs, nuts, and even baked goods! In regions closer to large bodies of water, farm-to-table may even support local fishermen by offering wild-caught fish and seafood.
  5. Farm-to-table isn’t just for restaurants anymore. You can easily adapt to this lifestyle at home. Check your local area for community-supported agriculture (CSA). CSA is a great way to have fresh, local food on your table every few weeks. Many small local farmers even offer organic options. Schools across the United States are beginning to adapt to farm-to-table to help support their local farms as well as teach about nutrition. It’s a great way to start our children on healthy eating habits!

Here are a few helpful links to get you started on the path to farm-to-table eating.

Where to sign up for CSA in the Washington, DC, area:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/where-to-sign-up-for-a-csa-in-the-washington-area/2015/02/18/1461ad26-ad87-11e4-9c91-e9d2f9fde644_story.html?utm_term=.6af4394cf9b0

13 farm-to-table restaurants in Washington, DC:

https://washington.org/visit-dc/farm-to-table-restaurants-in-washington-dc

 

This article was written by Johanna Daproza, creative director for Vector TalentMEDIA. Some of the content used was adapted from http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/health/sdut-local-food-nutritious-sustainable-2015apr21-htmlstory.html. For more information about how TalentFIT can help your company, contact a wellness consultant today at support@betalentfit.com.

 

 

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