Although we live in a time when many foods are available all year round in macrobiotic we prioritise seasonal local foods. This means that the foods tend to be fresher, less likely to have been processed in some way to protect them for long travel and usually cheaper. Most importantly eating seasonal food helps reduce food transport and can reduce wastage, helping our environment.
Eating seasonal foods is another way to increase nutritional diversity and encourages us to change our recipes and meals throughout the year. Although modern life protects us from the seasonal changes in weather, often the foods that are more available in the winter are better suited to warming soups and stews, whereas the summer ingredients are ideal for more cooling salads. Nature seems to have arranged itself to encourage us to eat the most helpful foods throughout the year.
The general intention is to eat foods that are local and require the least travel. This predominantly applies to fresh fruit, herbs and vegetables, as they are more sensitive and perishable. Dried foods such as grains, beans, nuts and seeds can travel longer distances, yet from an environment perspective it would still make sense to choose more local when possible.
Organic and Bio
Eating organic and bio foods will reduce our exposure to artificial pesticides and fertilisers. This not only could lower the risk of harm to our health in the long term but also protects the countryside from exposure to chemicals that can harm the environment and reduce biodiversity.
We can also consider to what extent we want to support large corporations and supermarkets or help small local businesses. If possible we suggest shopping from smaller local health food shops, which will encourage more choice in the high street and support the general movement towards more natural, healthy, environmentally friendly foods.
There is also the consideration whether we support the idea of people working in menial jobs for very large companies or support people running their own business and having a range of activities throughout their working day. People running their own natural food business tend to believe in what they are doing and out of that make business choices that match their own ethics.
We think that the above influences on our food choices will contribute to a better and more natural environment, support local organic farmers and people who are running their own natural food businesses. It is up to all of us to play our part according to our ability.
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