50 Reasons to Eat & Grow Local Food
Eating local food means you recognize that safe, organically-grown food is often not picture-perfect. The school-book look of the fruit and veg that we have come to expect from grocery store shelves takes a lot of pesticides, genetic engineering (focusing on the product’s look and transport-ability — not on the flavour or nutritional value), waxes and/or expensive (and wasteful) shipping. Some studies show that the uglier the fruit, the more likely it is to contain Salvestrols (a bit of a catch-all term used to identify elements in fresh fruits and vegetables that are naturally Cancer-fighting — more study is required).
So, anyhow, don’t waste local food: cut off the scabby bits and enjoy real food like people used to eat for thousands of years (until the last 40 or so with the advent of TV and other media hammering home the idea that blemishes=bacteria=death).
Keep it sanitary, though, and don’t eat anything with a blue mold on it. Find out more about molds here.