Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Why buying locally is best

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3 January 2012

UK Edition

Dear Reader,

Every Sunday, I hit the local farmers market for fresh fruits, veggies, and meat. (How local is it? I can actually see it from my bedroom window!)

Eating local is important to me, and I've recently been finding more and more reasons to live a locavore (someone who eats food that is locally produced) lifestyle.

The biggest reason lately?

Recent listeria outbreaks, in the US, caused by a gastro-intestinal bacterial infection, one of which is the deadliest identified outbreak of its kind in over 10 years.

Jensen Farms in Colorado, in the US, was the source of the cantaloupes associated with that outbreak, but there was another one short on its heels, which was associated with chopped romaine lettuce.

There's no link between the two, but the fact that we're seeing more and more of these outbreaks is pretty scary — and it should prompt us to rethink the way we get our food.

See, in most cases, our fruit and veg rarely go straight from the farm to your table. Instead, they make many stops along the way. They're cleaned and packed in one place, then sent to a distributor or maybe a processor for cutting and bagging. They make their way to a retail distribution centre that's the hub for supermarkets and then they finally hit the shelves before being grabbed by hungry shoppers.

And that's just for a fruit grown locally... Imported produce makes even more stops.

The fact is, when you have a limited number of producers serving so many people, thousands of people could be exposed to one crop. What's even scarier is that food travels to so many different places, so far from the source, and is sold and resold so many times, that the producers don't even know where all of their fruit and veg actually end up.

There's work being done on improving how food is traced, but even so — the tracing doesn't come into play until people start getting sick, and then we're in a race against the clock. Advocacy groups are calling for making every step along the food distribution chain safer. Large farms are finally being required to submit plans detailing how they protect their produce from contamination.

But a plan is one thing, and action is entirely another.

That's why I'm doubling my efforts to eat what's in season, in my local area. It takes a little more effort, but when the list of benefits include "could save my life," you can be sure I'm going to put in the time and energy.

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A gnawing problem

Q: I loved working in my garden all summer, but hated the mosquito bites that kept me up all night after an evening of gardening. What's the best relief? I want to be prepared for next season!

Dr Jonathan V. Wright: One of the most effective treatments for mosquito bites (or other bug bites) is a paste made of any of the digestive enzymes — pancreatin, bromelain, or papain.

These enzymes come in tablet, capsule, or powder form and are available in any natural health food store. The powder form is ready to be mixed, but tablets can be crushed and capsules emptied. Then, combine the resulting powder with as little water as necessary to make a paste. The paste should be applied directly to the bite and reapplied as needed until swelling has reduced.

It's important to keep in mind, though, that while the enzyme paste is useful against the local swelling and inflammation from bug bites, it won't treat an infection or allergic reaction brought on by them.
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Wishing you the best of health,

Andrew Miller
UK Editor
Nutrition and Healing

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"Long road from farm to fork worsens food outbreaks," Medical Xpress (www.medicalxpress.com)

"Listeria Outbreak Reminds Us of the Importance of Food Safety," Seattle PI (blog.seattlepi.com)

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