As an ever growing movement across North America, locally grown food has countless benefits to offer, and how we raise our live stock is also key in this conversation.
More and more families are making the choice to buy food from local, organic food producers, who are responsible in how they grow their veggies, fruits and raise their livestock. Choosing to spend your energy and dollar on locally sourced food, provides numerous health benefits, reduces the environmental impact, and supports economic sustainability – also, most would honestly say – local food taste better and lasts longer.
Boulder County is a great place to seek out local food options.
The Boulder County Farmers Market is available on two days during the week. Saturday mornings from 7:30am – 2pm and Wednesday evenings from 6pm – 8pm. Make it a fun outing! Skip on over to Canyon and 13th street to find an eclectic array of unique farm stands, pastry/dessert vendors, live music, rare artisans and warm beverages or food available to have for lunch & dinner! Click here to find out more information, on the Boulder Market and others in the area!
The health benefits to local sourcing are extremely relevant, and it’s easy to understand why families are making it apart of their staple diet.
- Seasonal: Most often, the food you’ll purchase from local producers will be the freshest available and harvested at the peak of their ripeness. Eating with the seasons is a great way to help your body to adapt to the environment and create a more resilient immune system.
- It’s Often Pesticide & Preservative Free: Many local food producers choose to use organic and natural pesticides to preserve the health of the food they distribute. Locally grown food doesn’t require long trips to be transported across the country. For this reason, food doesn’t need to have any preservatives and other chemicals added to it in order to keep it fresh during transit.
- It Offers Improved Taste & Nutrition: Eating locally grown food delivers a higher-nutrient profile. This is for a number of reasons, which includes the lack of chemicals as well as greater freshness. When you eat food that is grown within its natural season, the flavors are much fuller and it tastes better.
- It Supports Diet-Related Conditions: For people with food sensitivities to preservatives, hormones or other food chemicals, locally grown food is a great option. Locally grown food can help support any possible digestion issues that people with food allergies may experience with other types of food.
Environmental Impact, let’s talk about it.
The way meat is being produced and consumed through feedlot operations has been absolutely frightening and disturbing. Just to name a few documentaries – Forks over Knives, Cowspiracy, and Food, Inc. plus just a little web searching can lead you to an impactful experience of what is actually happening behind the scenes.
Humane growing methods: Grass fed cows consume their natural diet of grass, since they have been allowed to graze on grasslands during their lifetime. A grass-rich diet consequently boosts the cow’s health and the quality of meat.
Here are some critical facts on meat farming by Dr. Joseph Mercola.
* Meanwhile, cows in profit hungry CAFOs (confined animal feedlot operations) are fattened for slaughter by being fed artificial diets that contained gmo corn, soy , 5 growth-promoting drugs and antibiotics. Eventually, this diet altered the bacterial balance and composition in the animal’s gut, resulting in meat that’s tainted with potentially health-damaging bacteria.
Greater fatty acid composition: When shopping for grass fed meat make sure that the meat is grassfed all the way through. As mentioned earlier, grass fed beef contains higher ratios of healthy fats like vaccene acid, conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids, compared to grain fed cows.
Fewer amounts of bacteria: Overcrowding of cows in CAFOs is a very common situation that may lead to increased bacterial contamination. Samples of CAFO-grown beef revealed traces of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that may have contributed to the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant disease cases being reported.
Keep in mind, doing further research in regards to what we are eating and where it comes from, may not always be pleasant, but it is where the change begins. We can still make a difference! Intentionally promoting and buying local agriculture, is the way to go.
On this topic, we would love to share with you a few local restaurants that ARE true to their “organic” quality and “locally sourced food” devotion. Click on these restaurant names, and it will take you to their menu!
As you can see, Boulder is not limited in these options, and does acknowledge the emphasis on eating local, ethical, and dietarily conscientious. Bodywork Bistro supports, recognizes and celebrates these businesses, for their environmentally friendly food choices! Thank you!
Please remember your personal impact, and how we may unknowingly, or knowingly, each subscribe to some level of harmful decision making – with the way we eat, daily. Forward movement into a greater awareness is on the rise!