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Buying Straight From The Farm Can Improve Health, Local Economy

October 3, 2011 by  

Buying Straight From The Farm Can Improve Health, Local EconomyThe University of Missouri (MU) has been working on programs aimed at increasing the public’s consumption of locally grown fruits and vegetables: the Missouri Farm to Institution and Farm to School projects.

The initiatives’ organizers report that buying produce from local farmers at open-air markets can be a fun family activity that will get everyone eating healthier, as well as support community-based agriculture.

“Next time you’re at your local farmers market or grocery store, ask your child to pick out something new to try at home. You might be surprised at what they pick! Let them decide if they like new foods,” said coordinator Lorin Fahrmeier.

By consuming fruits and vegetables that were harvested at their peak, individuals may find themselves cooking tastier meals, since seasonal produce has been shown to be fresher compared to off-season foods. Moreover, people will be helping support their local farmers by choosing to patronize them over a large chain grocery store.

Additionally, making an event out of visiting the farmers market may be fun for kids and get them into the habit of buying local.

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  • Bud

    I hate to sound negative about this very positive notion. And I agree, shopping for your veggies at a local farm or farm market is good for both the consumer and the farmer. But keep it quiet folks as once it gets out the epa and the dea and every other federal agency will want to “control” things~~ control, in their dictionary means regulate right out of existence. As Ronald Reagan once said “The scariest thing to hear after answering a knock on the door is ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help”

  • djdrew103

    Bud, though I agree on some of your points as far as government getting a hand in it, I once again see the habit of Americans failing in their role as citizens to support good ideas. What our kids eat at school is created and controlled at a state level, not federal, if I am right. We have all heard throughout the years, about the fats, cholesterol and calories our kids have shoved down their throats at school cafeterias across the nation, contributing towards their bad diets and health.

    But when a good idea rolls around, we can’t go negative on it just because its “more fun” to disrespect government action. We quickly jump on the bandwagon of dissent when an idea rolls around, in the name of what we call citizen oversight and watchdog groups. Yet, if we run out of things to bitch about, we merely go to complaining on “anything” and that merely spreads dissent, and prevents “good” programs from taking a foothold.

    Just like with the health care reform act. People are so ready to haul themselves up on the “complainers” wagon, and try to point out all the ways the program can be abused, how it is unconstitutional and the likes. Yet, they fail to notice and promote that one of its main contributing positive influences created the blessing for us today that insurance companies can no longer “drop” a client, just because they are sick, when their policy renewal comes around. That’s government for the people, and what we so many times are so free to challenge.

    Our discontent and habit forming personal feelings of complaining all the time, unhinges positive programs and their chance to flourish as successful engines to promote growth and health of our nation.

    From the very start, I told friends and acquaintances that the main point was, we needed a health care reform program for decades, it was always shot down by Repugs in the past who serve the powers that be rather than the people, and that even if there were “bad” parts to a health care bill, those parts can always be weeded out as we go along!

    That’s how we achieve a forward movement success story in America, by doing “SOMETHING” instead of NOTHING, as is the habit of the “party of no”.

    This program initiative to supply our schools from local markets with fresher foods and better quality vegetables and produce has few ill points, other than the ones that can be imagined and drudged up by complainers and whiners. Lets be the “positive force” in America, lets be citizens who promote growth and prosperity and “good”. We might find out that it feels better than merely complaining about things all the time, and following the “hype masters” out there who merely make a living having readers flock to their columns and “news” reports for their daily serving of discontent. So you’re right, let’s not always be negative about possibly positive solutions.

    Being wary is always wise, but leaning towards the more popular habit and trend of always expressing disconcerting discontent that is a infectious plague in this nation, isn’t.

    • gundoctor

      What a space consuming conflagration of hyperbole and tripe….
      you can’t be serious!!!

    • the77surfer

      It’s rather convenient how you tried to hide your APPROVAL for the UNCONSTITUTIONAL law of making AMERICAN citizens buy medical insurance. If you really believe the words you wrote, then I have one quote for you ” We have to pass the bill in order to find out what is in the bill ” NANCY PELOSI. How does this type of idiotic thinking become so prevalent in our society today ? You read the bill first, then take out the bad parts, and resubmit the bill.

      • s c

        the77surfer, some relevant answers to your questions are 1) public schools tend to be inferior, and your odds of producing students who can walk, talk and think at the same time are very low 2) critical thinking has become a no-no in public schools 3) most idiots in America rely on feel-good politics and politicians and 4) the ability to read (and understand) is almost a lost art.
        As you can tell from reading certain responses on this website, some people manage to ‘graduate’ without learning much. And when it comes to politics, if there’s a ‘tradition’ of progressivism or or similar generational stupidity, it will most likely be continued, as sons and daughters don’t want to upset any of the family by doing any independent thinking. They are pc robots, and they will vote for a reincarnated Hitler if ‘the party says DO IT.’ This is basically how Obummer got into the W H.
        This isn’t all that you need to know, but it’s a start.

      • Concerend

        It never ceases to amaze me how these people come up with this stuff, eh? Like Herman Caine says, (regardless of a person’s color – that doesn’t matter), they have undoubtedly been BRAINWASHED and are drinking the Cool Aid. Absolutely amazing!!!!!! No wonder we are in the shape we are in.


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