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July Eco Tip

Taste the benefits of seasonal and local food

Plan to incorporate locally grown produce into your diet and shopping list throughout the seasons, as it is harvested at its peak ripeness, ensuring superior flavour compared to imported alternatives that have travelled thousands of miles. If saying grace before a meal is a regular practice in your household, this month, include giving thanks to your local food producers.

Eating seasonal and local produce offers numerous benefits for health, the environment, and the community. Nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables harvested at peak ripeness retain more vitamins and minerals. Fresher produce tastes better and often costs less due to reduced transportation and storage expenses. By supporting local farmers, consumers boost their community's economy and encourage sustainable practices. This approach also reduces the environmental impact associated with long-distance food transportation, lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Seasonal eating introduces variety to one's diet, potentially reducing cancer risk and promoting overall health through diverse nutrient intake. Local produce may have fewer pesticides compared to large-scale industrial farms. Ultimately, choosing seasonal and local options fosters a stronger connection between food consumption and well-being, promoting a holistic approach to nutrition. This practice enhances personal health and contributes to the sustainability of local food systems and the environment.

“Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”

Dear God, Thank you for all of these hidden treasures: peace, nature, a place to call home, food to eat, air to breathe, a bed to sleep in, clothes to wear and a life to live. Help everyone to realise that we have these hidden treasures and to make the most of them. Amen.