Advantages of Eating Local Food

There are many advantages of eating local food.

Not only is it said to improve your health, but it is better for the environment, not to mention - the flavour of fresh local produce is unbeatable!

FIVE REASONS WHY LOCAL IS BEST!

1. FRESHNESS AND NUTRITION

Produce grown on Norfolk Island is harvested at its peak, usually available for purchase within 24 hours of picking. By buying local produce you can be sure you’re getting the freshest produce - from paddock to plate. Norfolk Island produce is not stored for weeks in cold storage therefore has a higher nutrient value. Eating food in season will ensure the best flavour and be better for you.

2. SAFER FOOD SUPPLY

The further food has to travel the higher the risk of contamination, so local produce provides a safer food supply. It’s great to know where your food comes from, who grew it, and their methods used for raising and harvesting.

3. SUPPORT THE LOCAL ECONOMY

By buying local food you’re ensuring that money stays on Island and is reinvested to support local farmers and seasonal our local community. You can make a difference!

4. BENEFICIAL FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

By buying local food you’re helping to keep farms running and promoting green spaces in our community. The farms provide a habitat for wildlife and help maintain the ecosystem. The more we buy local produce, the more we assist farmers to be able to supply from demand.

5. INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE

Local farmers don’t manipulate produce to make them look more suitable for consumers but instead grow crops for their taste and variety. So you may not always get the best looking produce but it will be more genetically diverse and less reliant on fossil fuels for packaging and storage.

Ensure that future generations enjoy the benefits of local produce on Norfolk Island by buying local food. You will be investing in the future and supporting our community.

#BUYLOCAL

Parts of this release have been taken from http://www.organicfoods.com.au/advantages-of-local-food

Note: this article is related to resolution (2017/217):

that Council create a strong voice for local business in media while guiding the community

to buy local and also recognising that off-shore businesses have a place in the economy”.