1. Supports the Local Economy: Eating with the seasons is a great way for consumers to help cultivate a more resilient, sustainable food system. When you purchase food that’s in season from local farms, you’re supporting both local farmers and the local economy.
2. Is Better for the Environment: Seasonal choices can also mean supporting food that spent less time traveling and in storage, which can significantly cut back on environmental impacts. When you purchase directly from local farmers, you can also ask them about their production methods; farmers selling at farmers’ markets or farm stands are less likely to use pesticides and more likely to use regenerative methods like cover crops that encourage soil health.
3. Is Healthier: Studies also indicate that seasonal food can be more nutritious than food consumed out of season. In fact, some research shows that fresh produce loses nutritional value over time, so berries shipped from overseas in the winter months may not be as nutrient dense as the berries purchased locally during the summer.
These facts were compiled for the purposes of the sustainable events toolkit created under the Sustainable Conferences and Events project implemented by Topkinisis Travel and AKTI Project and Research Centre. The Project ENTERPRISES/0618/0046 is co-funded by the European Regional Development Funding and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation.