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  • Writer's pictureCarina Hopen

Farm to Fork: Journey of Our Food

This March, "Beyond the Table" gets us thinking about how our food gets from the farm to our fork. It's all about the steps our food takes, the people who make it happen, and how these steps impact our health and the planet. Knowing more about this can help us make better choices every day.

Sustainable Farming

Our food's journey begins way before it hits our plates, starting with how it's grown or raised. Sustainable farming is key here. It focuses on growing food in ways that are good for the environment, make economic sense, and are fair to everyone involved. 

This kind of farming tries to keep the soil healthy, save water, cut down on pollution, and not harm the environment. When we pick foods grown like this, we're supporting a way of farming that can feed everyone now and in the future.

Getting Food to You: How It Travels

After food is picked or made, it needs to get to us. This step involves trucks, trains, and sometimes even planes to move food to stores, markets, and restaurants before it finally gets to our kitchens. How this food gets to us matters a lot. Buying local food helps cut down on the pollution that comes from transporting food long distances and supports local farmers and businesses.

Your Choices Matter

We have a lot of power in what we choose to buy and eat. Going for local, in-season, and sustainably grown food can make us healthier and lessen our impact on the environment. Shopping at farmer's markets or joining a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program are great ways to make these choices. It's also important to understand what food labels tell us so we can pick products that match our values.

Why It's Important for Our Health and the Planet

The choices we make about our food—like the farming practices we support and how we shop—really make a difference in our health and the environment. Eating sustainably can mean eating fresher, more nutritious foods while also taking care of our planet's resources and encouraging a wide variety of plants and animals. Also, by being mindful about not wasting food, we're helping make sure food is used wisely and not thrown away.


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