Why is it important to know where your food comes from? When you know where your food was grown and produced, you can make more informed decisions to maximize quality, freshness, and nutritional value. You can also help support local economies through your purchases.
Ask questions like – How was the cattle raised? How was the wheat grown? Is there genetic engineering involved? Is it organic? Was it produced locally?
Bridge the gap.
The answers to your questions can help you bridge the gap between farm to table. Our food supply chain can be rather vast, and requires a lot of trust be put into others when it comes to what we consume (the farmer, the transportation company, the grocery store, etc.). It is important to know and understand the process that connects farmers to consumers. This knowledge can also help you have a better relationship with your food and appreciate that it’s not indispensable.
Care about what goes into your body.
We should be concerned with our overall health and what is in our food.
The reasons Mark Faille ended up starting Simply Grazin’ farms was because he cared about the food he and his family were consuming. He wanted to know what was going into their bodies. You often get a lot of additives you might not otherwise want to consume when you buy packaged and processed food. Take a look at the ingredients list. Shelf stable and processed foods typically translate into preservatives, trans fats, loads of sodium and sugars. On the other hand, farm fresh, made from scratch, whole foods mean more clean eating.
Locally sourced matters.
Understanding the importance of buying from local farmers can have many economic and health implications.
Eating locally sourced foods means your food doesn’t have to travel as far to get to your plate, which means a smaller carbon footprint. When food is fresh it generally tastes better, and it can even provide more vitamins than similar foods that take longer to get to the consumer.
Eating locally sourced food also means your money stays in your local economy and businesses in your neighborhood can thrive. Consumers who are more closely connected with the farmers who supply their food, have the potential to promote local food production with fully sustainable approaches.