What is ‘Locavore Eating’ and why is it important?

by Sanjeev Kapoor

‘Locavore’ is a term which has been doing rounds in the culinary world since  2005, but it recently came into light.  The word ‘locavore’ is a combination of two words, where ‘loca’ suggests local and ‘vore’ is associated with words like carnivore, herbivore and omnivore. Similarly, this word is coined to segregate people who just go for local food. With people becoming conscious about the environment and its needs, they have started to shift to just locally grown food which is freshly available in their neighbourhood. You might be already thinking about what the hype is about eating fresh and local food.  Well, there are many facets to this.

 

Take the road, less travelled by!

Local food is better than the one which has travelled the world to reach you. Period! It is because this kind of food is not only  fresh, but,  comparatively cheaper and of better quality. So, when you are eating a banana which has travelled miles and miles to reach you, it probably is filtrated with chemical pesticides and harmful pollutants in the atmosphere. Contrarily, when you are eating a banana which you picked from some nearby farm, you can be quite sure of it being healthy and in its purest form.

 

Pros for farmers and the  environment!

Eating locally produced food makes sure the farmers get paid what they deserve. There are no middlemen involved, which in turn, will make sure that the farmers are paid directly for their hardwork. If the food comes from some faraway place, there are more chances of it getting spoiled which will ultimately lead to wastage. Locavores can prevent this wastage of resources and fuel up our economy too.

 

More than just produce!

When we talk about purchasing and eating locally grown foods, we are not just limiting it to fruits and vegetables. Of course, it has to be the most important bit of the discussion. But, foods like eggs, fish, meats, etc.,  should also be purchased this way.  Why do you think people go out fishing in small cities and villages?  They know how different the freshly caught fish is than the ones which they sell in stores. Apart from their protein content, they are also high in Omega 3-fatty acids which are a necessary supplement for the function of the human brain.

 

Hope we have already given you a lot of reasons to turn into a Locavore. So, here are some tips which might help you to get started.

 

  1. Grow your food - We know it may sound a little too much, but it’s important to at least give it a shot.
  2. Shop at the local farmer’s mandi - If you’re  not doing it already, now is the time!
  3. Prefer to eat at farm-to-fork restaurants - These restaurants use only freshly grown foods to prep their dishes. So, make sure you stick to these places.
  4. Know what’s seasonal and  what’s not - You should know what things are available now and won’t be later. In such a scenario, it’s better to  purchase  in advance and preserve for the future.
  5. Go out for fishing -  You can go out fishing and have a fun time with your family and  friends. This will also give you fresh catch  which will be  high in all the essential  nutrients.

 

 

 

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.