Written by: Jane Kastner
07/09/2010 4:50 PM
Campers and RVers are adventurers. We like to travel, we love to explore and often the more miles the better. However have you ever stopped to think about how far the food on your plate has travelled? You may surprise yourself when you do the math. Even a simple fruit salad may have peaches from Chile, bananas from Ecuador and apples from New Zealand. That’s 16,000 miles!
We live in a world of modern conveniences where many fruit and vegetables are available year round. Supermarkets and grocery stores beat Mother Nature by flying goods from all over the world to meet consumer needs. But produce that could qualify for a passport has an impact on the environment as airfreight quickly racks up global warming emission. It often needs to be picked way in advance to be able to survive the journey. Premature picking means that nature has not had a full opportunity to pack your fruits and veggies with all of its tasty goodness.
There are three things you can do to ensure you get the best tasting produce and at the same time help protect our environment:
Seasons come and go, and new fruits and vegetables grow with the rise and fall of the sun. There is a beautiful rhythm to nature, so celebrate it by cooking your meals with seasonal, local and organic foods and your body and the environment will thank you.
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