Hey peeps, sorry for taken a bit to write, but I just came back from an incredible trip to Mexico (if you are new here, I’m Mexican)! The trip was more than amazing cause I had the chance to enjoy my family and friends after 9 months of living abroad… family, friends, and FOOD! Just as a “fyi”, Mexican cuisine is considered “cultural heritage” by UNESCO (it’s super tasty… sometimes super spicy too haha).
While in Mexico, a cool topic came to my mind… “seasonal food”. The definition of this type of food varies from authors. For example, some described it as food not only grown in a determined region, but food produced in its “natural growing season”; some even understand the meaning as food that is eaten at a certain time of the year (e.g. Christmas). Nevertheless, I do want to think that the ultimate “sustainable seasonal food” is the one locally produced, locally consumed, grown during its “natural” time of the year, and of course with a low use of fertilizers.
Ok, now I do have to admit that is kind of hard (at least for me) to know when is the “correct” season for each fruit or vegetable that I buy; nevertheless, I learnt that knowing this is actually important not only for my economy, but for the planet too. For example, as a direct impact of eating seasonal food is that you’ll be saving some [insert any currency] each time you go to the supermarket. This is based on the increased work load that an off-season product will take in order to make it grow (this by means of many factors).
To understand how this could be evaluated at an environmental level, we have to understand the tool that is used to measure a product’s impact: life cycle assessment (LCA). This tool is a technique that evaluates a product’s supply chain; in the case of food, we are talking about the environmental impacts of farming activities, packaging, transportation, and waste (just to name some). So how eating seasonal food helps the planet? Buying seasonal food could mean
- Supporting local suppliers.. common! Let’s boost local economies!
- Decreasing transportation greenhouse gases emissions… still waiting for Musk’s e-trucks haha
- Decreasing the use of chemicals (hence land/water pollution)… do I need to talk about eutrophication?
- Eating fresher products… (fruit taste better in Mexico haha)
Yeah, that was me in Mexico posing with a Jackfruit haha… but going back to the topic, next time you think about eating strawberries in February, think twice and don’t forget to look after your planet! Click here for a seasonal fruit table! 😀