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5 Reasons to Buy Local Food

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

1 – Food grown locally tastes better and is better for you. In the time it takes to get produce from harvest to the table, it loses a lot of important nutrients. The shorter travel distance, the more nutrients are preserved. Eggs from free-range chickens, grass-fed raw milk, and grass-fed beef are fresher and last longer when they are purchased locally.

2 Reduce global warming pollution and gasoline demand. Instead of traveling many miles on fossil fuels from farm to table, your food travels from your local farmer to your table, saving the planet. When you buy locally grown and produced food in Central Florida, you are also helping preserve the Florida agricultural landscape.

3 – Keep the money in the community. For every 100 dollars spent at a locally owned business, $45 goes back into our community. For every $100 spent at a chain store, only $14 comes back. Local food also keeps your taxes in check because local, independent farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services.

4 – Buy what you want, and not what someone else wants you to buy. Small businesses and farms choose products that are based on what their customers want and what is in season instead of relying on a national sales plan. Eating local food that is grown in season rather than eating food shipped from faraway places like Chile, also keeps your body in tune with the environment.

5 – Create jobs and better wages. Locally owned businesses create more local jobs and, in many cases, they provide better wages and benefits than chain stores do.

Raw Milk vs Cloned Milk

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

I recently came across a website that floored me.  The website is http://www.cyclonedairy.com/ and turns out to be an April Fool’s Day prank.  It was all done to inform the public about the dangers of cloned food.  In January 2008, the U.S Food and Drug Administration declared milk and meat from cloned animals safe for human consumption.  This is the first step in allowing foods from cloned animals into our food supply.  Instead of addressing the deplorable conditions of the industrial food system we move headlong into a potential science fiction horror story.
Real milk- Grass fed raw milk, as advocated by the Weston Price Foundation, is one of  nature’s perfect food.   Real milk has a built in immune system to protect from potential pathogens provided the cows are fed correctly. Raw milk also retains all the enzymes intact which allows for  complete digestion.  Raw milk from cows fed grass is also high in vital nutrients, especially CLA.  CLA is a type of fat recently discovered to melt fat, protect from cancer and put on muscle mass.
Cloned foods on the other hand open up a Pandora’s box of issues.  There have not been extensive long term studies of these practices and the public would be sitting ducks to say the least.  Let your voice be heard.  Even in Orlando we can stand up against cloned food.