Nutrition and health professionals are always pushing for greater vegetable consumption. Eating a variety of vegetables is truly the basis for a healthy diet, as they are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals. In schools, we are always trying to encourage our students to try and taste new vegetables—and ultimately eat more of them!
There is no better time than summer to enjoy a bounty of fresh, seasonal vegetables. This summer, step out of the comfort zone of your seasonal favorites and try a couple of new veggies while they are at the peak of flavor, freshness and nutritional value! Some research has shown that consuming local vegetables in season (as opposed to when they are picked earlier to withstand transport) can be significant as far as maximizing nutritional benefits.
Eating local beef is important for many of the same reasons that “eating local” in general is important. Food is fresher, tastier and more nutritious, it leaves a lighter environmental footprint due to decreased transit time and use of fuel, and promotes environmental/food system sustainability and biodiversity.
Eating local beef has significant impact. Industrialized livestock facilities have replaced most family farms over the past 30-40 years in this country and practices in those facilities leave much to be desired. The massive amount of waste from these facilities lead to air and water pollution; animals suffer and are pumped with antibiotics and artificial hormones; workers are mistreated; the surrounding communities fall apart.
Meanwhile, our health is compromised because this industrial beef leads to outbreaks of food-borne illness and contributes to antibiotic resistance (in addition to genera...