Essay on The Fresh Choice: Following the Locavore Movement

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In third grade, my classmates and I hopped off the bus on a September day. Happiness filled my body. I could not wait to experience our first field trip: the farmer’s market. I remember buying a small, shiny, round apple. Taking a big juicy bite from the crisp apple blew my mind. I remember exclaiming to my teacher about how good it was, and he explained how the apple had been picked that day making the apple taste better and how it had been picked nearby which supported our local farms. Coming home that day, I asked my mom if we could go again to buy our food there. However, I am not the only one. The locavore movement has rooted itself across the nation; nevertheless, it is an individual's choice. Becoming a true locavore takes lots of …show more content…

In the end, it becomes troublesome to go grocery shopping. Likewise, this ties into the idea of environment. Which is more environmentally friendly: to walk to a local Whole Foods or to drive to the “local” farmer’s market? Many would say buying local reduces waste due to transportation; nonetheless, a chart from the magazine Conservation Magazine proves that a majority of gas emissions actually comes from the production of the food (Source D). Transportation is low already, so why should we add to that by traveling far distances? Becoming a true locavore for an environmental reason is not worth the efforts because the changes are very miniscule To become a true locavore has many incentives, but there are other reasons that influence can someone to dedicate a portion of their diet to local foods. Adding local foods to people’s diets can be a small step to big change, for local foods have many nutritional and flavorful benefits. If fruits and vegetables are given more time to ripen, they can absorb more nutrients.The nutritional value of a food decreases over time. Farmer’s markets have the food picked within 24 hours allowing the food to have its potential nutrition (Source A). Cynthia Sass, a dietitian, mentions in Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon’s book Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally that phytochemicals and really powerful disease-fighting substances can “never get as high” when “a food never really reaches

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