WHY YOU SHOULD PICK-UP LO­CAL PRO­DUCE

Highfields' Own - - COMMUNITY - BY AC­CRED­ITED DIETICIAN KARA MCCOLLOM

We should be cel­e­brat­ing the vast ar­ray of great Toowoomba-made pro­duce, so I’m chal­leng­ing you all to buy lo­cal goods — you have noth­ing to lose. Three big rea­sons to mo­ti­vate you to buy lo­cally in­clude: ■ Lo­cal grown pro­duce is fresher and tastier. This is be­cause it is of­ten in-sea­son and has been han­dled less or spent less time in tran­sit or cold stor­age. This also means the nu­tri­ent con­tent of lo­cally pro­duced food is higher. ■ Eat­ing lo­cal means sup­port­ing farmers in the com­mu­nity. Ac­cord­ing to Lo­cal Har­vest, only 18 cents of ev­ery dol­lar when buy­ing from large su­per­mar­kets goes to the grower.

Buy­ing lo­cal means the profit goes straight back to lo­cal farmers and strength­ens the com­mu­nity. ■ It sup­ports the en­vi­ron­ment. Sup­port­ing lo­cal food sys­tems gen­er­ally means less en­ergy use, emis­sions and less food miles as­so­ci­ated with food.

In the Food Miles Aus­tralia Re­port 2008, an av­er­age shop­ping basket from a su­per­mar­ket trav­elled over 70,000 kilo­me­tres.

There are fan­tas­tic mar­kets in both Toowoomba and High­fields to ac­cess fresh pro­duce.

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