Locavorism is all about eating locally. People who eat a locavore diet are doing so for the benefit of the environment: to save valuable resources, to reduce waste, to avoid harming the environment and for various other reasons. There are many positive effects of a locavore diet on the environment, but what about the negative impacts it may have?
Savings May be Wasted on Production
Some people argue that the shipping money we save by buying locally is often put back into production costs. When a farmer uses large-scale, factory type production methods, rather than using organic practices, then the shipping savings are wasted. To save money on production costs, buy from farmers who use organic growing and production methods.
Eating Meat Increases Carbon Footprint
Since animals eat large amounts of grain to produce eggs, milk and meat, eating any type of animal product can actually increase your overall carbon footprint. While on a locavore diet, try to eat mostly vegetables and foods that can be grown in a garden, in order to reduce your carbon footprint. Veggies are healthier for you, anyway.
Some Areas Lack Essential Minerals
Some areas may lack certain essential minerals, and some even have too much of a particular mineral. This is not exactly healthy. Some soils are too high in selenium, which can cause selenium toxicity. Other soils in certain regions are bereft of iodine, causing iodine deficiency.
Fresh Produce Isn’t Always Available
Fresh produce isn’t always available throughout the year in every region. This can cause problems with nutrient deficiency, and it severely restricts your food options during the off seasons. Stock up on produce while they are available and freeze them to use during the winter when they are not in season.
Nutrients are Lacking During Some Seasons
Since some foods are only available during certain seasons during the year, it can cause a deficiency of certain nutrients if you do not plan ahead of time. Again, think ahead — stock up on seasonal products, like fruits and vegetables, when they are abundant and freeze them for use throughout the year.
Although locavorism is a good idea for preserving resources and supporting local businesses, it can also have some negative impacts. From wasted savings to a lack of nutrients and minerals, it is important to think ahead before deciding to eat a locavore diet.
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