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Question of the Week: Do you pay attention to where your food comes from?

2008 July 14

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Much of the food we buy is grown in other places and transported to markets or restaurants where we live. Some people have tried to be “locavores,” consuming only locally-grown food or products, in an effort to reduce the environmental impacts from transportation, cold storage, or others.

Do you pay attention to where your food comes from?


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Gran parte de los alimentos que compramos son cultivados en otros lugares y transportados a mercados o restaurantes cerca de donde vivimos. Algunas personas han tratado de ser “locávoros” o “locávores” al tratar de consumir sólo aquellos alimentos o productos que han sido cultivados localmente en un esfuerzo por reducir los impactos medioambientales de la transportación, el almacenaje frigorífico, u otros.

¿Usted presta atención al lugar de donde provienen sus alimentos?

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166 Responses leave one →
  1. Truck Driving Jobs permalink
    December 10, 2008

    I totally agree with you I will drive my four cylinder truck everyday and be proud of it. Great post and keep up the good work.

  2. Rusty Jackson permalink
    February 18, 2009

    For bodybuilders it can be tough. We eat lots of protein and finding natural whey protein online can be a challenge. In everything else though, I try to buy organic.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    August 10, 2009

    Yes, I always try to check food country origin. I want to buy U.S. products. Make it easier to find them.

  4. Wayne permalink
    September 15, 2009

    add onto the limited options for organic supplements is the tremendous price increase. As far as Whey Protein is concerned, there is about a 300% difference in price of organic vs. regular protein powder.

  5. Mark permalink
    November 28, 2009

    Luckily for me, most of the vegetables and fruits I consume are grown locally. Actually some of them come from my own garden. I live in Sri Lanka by the way. And I’m aware that we export lot of food/food related products to European countries and USA.

    I’m pretty sure these has to be a certain ‘standard’ in order to export consumables and likewise, I’m sure people who are importing will also pay close attention to the stuff they buy. But nothing like buying fresh green stuff from the local market few yards away from your lane and knowing that the stuff they sell also come from local gardens few kilometers away!! I like em FRESH!


  6. John permalink
    June 23, 2010

    I’m a locavore – not because of any fad or ethical standpoint, although it is good, in fact essential I think, to know exactly where your food comes from.

    The reason I eat mainly locally sourced food is that it just tastes so much better. Much of the stuff I buy is fruit and veg thats been rejected by the large retail chains – apples that aren’t red enough, carrots that aren’t straight enough, pears that are too round! You know what I’m saying . . . . . Just a pity I don’t live in a tropical climate then I could get bananas that are too straight!

    The “rejected” food I can usually pick up fairly cheap – as a long time juicer all that cheaper stuff is a boon to me. Do you have any idea how much fruit and veg you need to put through your juicer to get a decent amount? A lot, believe me!

    My fish and seafood, I prefer to buy direct from the boats when they come in – means a lot of hanging around waiting but I have time on hands. Not so easy in my area to find farms that’ll sell you meat direct, mainly because of health and hygene regulations.

    My main issue with buying from the large retail outlets is that I have to take it on faith when say “no added this or that”. They’re probably lying – misleading us at the very least.

    So in answer to the question – Yes.

    Regards, John

  7. Sticker Lover permalink
    September 11, 2010

    Just a quick question, Would you like to have small text stickers to tell you the origin of the food and the level of safety of the origin country ?

  8. John Carlton permalink
    January 21, 2011

    Yes, I do pay attention if food comes from. Food is a blessing so we must pay seriously according to respect with the food. But for me, its a complex question which is not quite meaningful.

  9. Jeff Wise - Kids Exercise Expert permalink
    July 19, 2011

    I absolutely look at all the food I buy. You have to read the ingredients very carefully because food producers are putting all kinds of unhealthy chemicals in them.

  10. Crepes Rezept permalink
    January 15, 2012

    Especially these days it’s REALLY important to watch the origin of the food you buy.
    Im glad my mom got me into organic food in my early childhood.


  11. Katherine permalink
    March 8, 2012

    Yes, I will pay attention when buying foods coz maybe they’re not safe to our health especially to the vegetables if it is pest free or not.

  12. Steven White permalink
    March 29, 2014

    Thanks for such a knowledgeable post. All the points are very clearly defined. Whole work is appreciable.

  13. James D permalink
    June 25, 2014

    Ideally, yes!

    But sometimes the premium placed can be too high. Plus, it’s also in the back of my mind that the labels might be untrue or misleading.

    Either way, I wash and scrub all fruits and vegetables thoroughly with a brush before juicing them.

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