Have you eaten a banana lately?
How far did it travel? What are the growing conditions like? Is it a sustainable crop so that there will be bananas for future generations? If there are over 3,000 varieties of bananas, why are there only 1 or 2 available in the grocery store?
Where our food comes from matters. While we can't grow everything locally, we must grow some things right here where we live. We must know where our food comes from and how it's produced.
We support food produced using sustainable practices. This can mean a lot of different things. Some examples include:
These and many others help ensure there will be resources and food for future generations.
We support local growers, big or small! Local food draws communities together and supports local business. Most local growers are family run small businesses. When you buy local, it can often mean fresher, more variety, foods that are more nutritious than those that have been transported hundreds of miles, and your dollars stay in the community where you live.
Improving access to healthy food in a community is a big job because food systems are large and complex. We're working with all stakeholders to implement small changes that yield big results.
Of particular importance is making sure that everyone has access to healthy foods. That means removing barriers such as limitations for public transportation and increasing options in under-served areas.
To improve access to healthy foods, you have to have a community that produces it. The North Texas region needs more farmers and gardeners to meet the needs of our community.
Have you thought much about where your food comes from lately?
Now more than ever, the things we eat come from every corner of the world. While there are many benefits to an international food system, it has its challenges, too.