Certified farmers markets like the Pyrmont Growers markets supply local communities with locally grown, great tasting and
environmentally friendly food. If you love produce, and are interested in conserving our planet,
farmers markets are the place to shop.
Locally harvested produce is so much better for human consumption verses commercially grown
produce. Local produce is fresher, and retains more of its great health benefits. Most of this
produce is produced with low levels of pesticides if any. This creates the perfect balance of
healthy for humans, and healthy for the planet.
Did you know that federal organizations estimate 30% of the pesticides used on produce contains
cancer causing agents? It is no wonder the World Health Organization just released a statement
that cancer would surpass death by heart problems as the number one killer by 2010. Finding a
good local farmers market is a great way to reduce your exposure to these dangerous chemicals.
Not all fruits and vegetables are in season in your area at all times. But how do grocery stores
always have the same produce selections? They do it by importing vegetables from other parts of
the world. There are a few problems with this method.
1st othet countries like China and Taiwan have lower health standards than we have. That means
this produce is most likely grown in less than ideal circumstances that could lead to
contamination. In the United States this year, imported jalapeño peppers imported from Mexico
were found to have high levels of bacteria. Hundreds of Americans in almost every state were
sickened and hospitalized due to the contamination.
2nd it takes a lot of fuel and a lot of energy to get the produce from one country to another. A
lot of produce must travel by Sea, then by plane, then by, rail, then by truck all before
reaching the grocery store. That is five different oil burning vehicles just to carry a few
fruits and vegetables around the world. Do you see how healthy it is for the planet to buy
locally owned produce?
3rd By the time imported vegetables reach the consumer, they have already begin to degrade. That
does not mean rot. Imported produce is either picked before it is ripe, or it is shipped while
ripe, causing it to deteriorate in route to the consumer. Either way, by the time it gets to you
and I, the produce has lost a lot of its healthy vitamin and minerals.
As you can see, there are many benefits to shopping at your local farmers market. They supply you
with great, clean produce, full of vitamins and minerals. And they help conserve natural
resources, thus protecting the planet.