Thursday, January 5, 2012

From Farm to Table, and Inspirational Photo Shoot from Lou Mora

The relationship between us and our food, and fresh food from farm-to-table is so important. Many vegetables begin to lose their vitamins as soon as they are harvested. nearly half the vitamins may be lost within a few days unless the produce is kept cool or preserved. Within one to two weeks, even refrigerated produce loses half or more of certain vitamins. The important question is how far did your food have to travel to get to you? Eating locally grown food supports the local economy, it's fresher, helps the environment, eat seasonally(as we are meant to-this is one of the main reasons we are so disconnected from our food), also encourage variety in our diets. Eating organic is just as important environmentally. According to the EPA, agriculture is responsible for 70 percent of the pollution in U.S. streams and rivers. Organic farmers don't use the synthetic pesticides and fertilizers that cause pollution. Organics are proven to taste better, better nutrition(higher levels of lycopene, polyphenols,and flavonols), and fewer health risks(pesticides have been linked to cancer and other diseases). Whether you go to the garden, the pantry, or the market for your food, remember the work that went into its growth and preparation and you will begin to see food not only as a necessity and a pleasure, but also as a great gift.
Bash, Please(event planners) teamed up with Lou Mora(photographer) for a photo shoot taken for Kinfolk Magazine. Kinfolk is a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings. See all of Bash, Please 's favorite photos here

References are all from the book Homesteading by Abigail R. Gehring.

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