Eating seasonally has many benefits for your health, wallet and the environment. It’s also another way to support local growers and farmers which makes a huge difference in building and maintaining a sustainable food system for our future generations. A sustainable food system includes a food system that upholds good health and nutrition whilst limiting environmental impacts and one of the biggest influences on the sustainability of our food system is the environmental impacts caused by food production and the importing and exporting of food products around the globe. Eating seasonally is one of the many ways that can help contribute to the sustainability of our food system as well as a healthy diet.
Until modern times, eating seasonally was innate and done naturally. There was no modern technology, heavy machinery or transport to process and conveniently make our food. We relied on growing skills and seasons to produce our food and in today’s society this awareness has decreased. The global food market has given us “convenience” over fresh high-quality foods, and this is something that’s drastically influencing the sustainability of our food industry and the health of our future generations. Foods not in season have been shipped across the globe emitting greenhouse gases through transportation, storage and processing. As a society we have reduced our carbon footprint by lowering plastic bag use and implementing re-usable cups and containers at our cafes and food stores but what about the sustainability of our food system? Eating seasonally is one way to reduce the carbon footprint, lower costs for labour and transport as well as support local growers and farmers.
Whilst supporting local growers and farmers, you will also be paying less for fresher food. Sunday markets aren’t busy for no reason. The quality of produce sold from local farmers and growers cannot be compared to the frozen and shipped produce available at supermarkets. When heading to a farmer’s markets make sure you pack your own bags or boxes to carry your produce and bring your A game, they can get quite busy.
Seasonal eating is another way to create diversity in your diet and introduce new foods that are available at the time. Foods grown in season are more nutrient dense than foods grown out of season. For example, citrus fruits are now in season and contain a high level of vitamin C, a powerhouse vitamin for supporting our immune system to fight off and colds during the winter season. Seasonal produce is grown in peak season where it will retain its full nutrient and vitamin content without the use of chemicals and ripening agents. Eating seasonally also gives your body a variety of different nutrients and vitamins from the different foods available during other seasons. Eating the same foods every day will deprive your body of essential vitamins and nutrients required for healthy functioning so having a broad range of fresh foods in your diet will fuel your body with essential vitamins and nutrients required for healthy living and well-being. One of the many ways to support your body’s needs and have a healthy and sustainable diet is through Seasonal Eating. Head to the link below to view a great guide on what foods are in season.
Seasonal Eating Guide: