SOS Tips: Eating Local Year-Round

October 7, 2009 , , ,

Do you know where your food comes from? A recent study indicates that the products that make up a typical North American meal travel an average of 2,400 km before winding up on our tables.

And yet, we have the opportunity to eat locally all year long.

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Yes, that’s right – it’s possible even in winter, and you can continue shopping at your regular grocery store.

Main advantages of eating local

 1.Impact on our taste buds and on our health:

The main advantage is taste: an apple that’s grown in a local orchard is fresher and has more flavour than one that has travelled a long distance.

Local fruits and vegetables are picked when they are fully mature, and as a result, they contain a higher nutritional value.

In fact, imported vegetables – which are transported long distances over many days – are picked prematurely, sometimes when they are still unripe! All of this is done so that they are presentable and attractive upon arrival.

Moreover, foods that are transported over long distances are often preserved with the help of chemicals. They even undergo physical treatments that can also block their nutritional value (ex. vitamin C, which is sensitive to temperature).

Local food is grown or raised in accordance to strict and transparent health, environmental and social standards. Certain studies have shown that imported vegetables often contain more pesticide residues than those cultivated locally.

2 – Impact on the environment:

Locally produced foods require only a fraction of the energy it takes to transport foods that are produced far away.

Therefore, by selecting a local product, you help to reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution released into the atmosphere.

3 – Impact on our economy:

Buying locally boosts our economy and provides jobs for people in our cities and provinces. According to Equiterre, “if every week, each family in Quebec took $20 worth of imported goods and replaced them with Quebec products of the same value, more than 100,000 jobs could be created.”

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Cinzia Cuneo
Cinzia Cuneo, founder of, never wanted to neglect the quality of her food. She shares her special expertise to make good food quickly and without complications!

2 comments to “SOS Tips: Eating Local Year-Round”

June 5, 2019 Fernande Krahulec said:

Love to read SOScuisine. I would like to eat local but you do not mention where to go.? I live in the city (Montreal) I would like to visit farmer and buy from them. Would you be so kind to give me some lead where to go?
Also I have been reading SOScuisine for soo many years tell me vIP alaws you to get prices bests prices + recipes +meals planing for 9.90 a month? Not sure how it works.
Thank you for answering me

Cinzia Cuneo
June 8, 2019 Cinzia Cuneo said:

Hi Fernande,
Our meal planning service in Canada, includes information about the best deals at your local supermarkets. More info on our pricing page

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