The food we eat - what fuels us to get through every day - is planted, nurtured, harvested, and transported to us by people. Sure, there are machines that assist in much of the work, but behind every meal there are farmers, workers, harvesters, packers, drivers, and others who keep our food system humming along.
First, choose local. Harvest meals are based around produce grown in your region. That means more of your food dollars (the amount you actually pay for your bunch of kale or carrots) goes right to the farmer. According to the USDA, in the conventional food system only 15.8 cents of every dollar ends up back on the farm. At your local market the farmers pay a small fee to sell to you, but more of each sale goes back to the farmer, their employees, and their investment in your community.
When purchasing from abroad, choose Fair Trade. This certification ensures that the entire supply chain is run equitably- from the farmer who grows the cacao beans to the creation and distribution of a delicious chocolate bar. It’s hard to meet banana or coconut farmers in a US city, but by choosing products that are put through a rigorous standard we can know our purchase is making a positive impact. Check out this infographic and read more at befair.org.
Ready to improve the lives of farmers in your community and around the world? Join Harvest!
You’ll make sustainable changes that are also good for you and for the planet. We’ll learn more about that in just a few days…