Everyone leaves a footprint – it’s unavoidable.
As a species, we have largely impacted the planet. While greenhouse gases do occur naturally, our activity – from driving, heating our homes, using electricity, and consuming food – contributes greatly to greenhouse gas emissions. But we can all help offset our impact on the planet by reducing the weight of our steps through a variety of ways. And one of ways included how we eat.
At Grown Here Farms, we are moving towards a net zero carbon footprint every day. Through our growing practices, local delivery, and sustainable processes, we maintain high standards to increase our responsibility to you, our community, and the planet, all while bringing you the best, high-quality local microgreens and root vegetables. So, when you buy from Grown Here Farms, and other local businesses, you not only help minimize your impact, you’re partaking in a movement that is rooted in simplicity and mindfulness. We’re talking about the 100-mile diet.
The concept of the 100-mile diet is exactly how it sounds: eating foods grown with 100 miles. It forces you to shift your mindset form eating globally to thinking more locally, ensuring everything that arrives at your table was locally produced, harvested, and delivered. Not only is this a great way to learn about your local farming community (hi, there!), it also improves your health and is a great step towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
Choosing to consume food that is only produced within 100 miles of your home may seem challenging at first. When most your life has revolved around buying food from grocery stores, it can be difficult to break free of the habit. But once you know where you can buy your fruits, veggies, and meat locally, suddenly the concept won’t feel so restricting. In fact, you’ll find that through time, research, and exploration, you’ll begin to feel liberated. Not only will you develop an appreciation for the incredible bounty that’s produced in your own region, but you’ll understand the major implications of eating foods from around the world.
You’ll also notice that by eating whole foods, like lots of vegetables, fruits, and grains, you’ll lose weight! Much of the food you find in the centre aisles are processed and contain fat, salt, and simple carbohydrates, which contribute to weight gain, sluggishness, and slew of other dietary issues. Cutting these out of your diet and replacing with higher quality food is not only healthier for you, you may find weight loss will soon follow.
Limiting your diet to what’s available in your proximity also means an increase in flavour sensations. When fruits and vegetables are shipping over long distances, they often ripen while in transit, which means they not only lose their nutrients, their taste declines. When you eat fruits and veggies that were harvested close to home, like our microgreens, you get the crunch and zest like they’ve just been picked from your own garden.
It’s easy to get started – it just requires a little planning and some extra motivation. Try starting small. If you already do Meatless Mondays, why not incorporate 100 Mile Fridays into the mix? Dedicating one day a week to being mindful and conscious of your diet is a great way to start and we bet once you get going, it’ll become easier every day to buy and eat locally.
We say it a lot, but it needs repeating: even the smallest of actions can have the biggest impact. So don’t think that because you’re only one person you aren’t making a difference. Every action matters.