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How The Nutritional Value of Vegetables Lessens During Transport

Amber Harmon

How The Nutritional Value of Vegetables Lessens During Transport

When shopping at the grocery store for your weekly food supply, you may wonder where the food on the shelves actually came from. Although the meat and produce look fresh, it could have been harvested days to weeks before. Did you know, that it is estimated that the average American meal travels about 1,500 miles to get from farm-to-table? (cuesa.org) By now, most people have heard the concept “from farm-to-table,” which is exactly what it sounds like- getting food from the farm to the table as soon as possible. If you have your own vegetable garden in Orlando, FL you are probably familiar with the concept. Good for you! If you are not aware of how fruit and vegetables get to the grocery store, you may be in for a shock. The long-distance, large-scale transportation of food is a concern for people all over the world, as well as a concern for our environment.

Important Facts To Know

           
  • Based upon a study from CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture,) it is estimated that we currently put almost 10 kcal of fossil fuel energy into our food system for every kcal of energy we get as food. This is because traveling long distances to deliver food consumes large amounts of fossil fuels.
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  • Transporting food long distance also generates large quantities of carbon dioxide emissions, which pollutes our earth. (CUESA)
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  • For food to be transported long distances, much of it is picked before it has had time to fully ripen. Much of the food that is transported long distance is packed full of preservatives, and the concept of genetically modified food continues to grow in popularity with scientists. (CUESA)

As you can see, transporting food long distances only helps large food corporations and is hurting the environment and not providing people with the best, healthiest food. The nutrient levels of fruit and vegetables depend on many specific decisions along the way. Variety, production method, ripeness, post harvest handling, stora, e and transportation all play a role in the vitamin and mineral content of fruits and vegetables (chgeharvard.org). No matter if you’re buying produce from a local farmer of purchasing it at a big box store, there is a process of how the food actually gets to your table. If you purchase produce locally, or grow your own...you are at an advantage. The less time food is being transported, the better. All that time on the road results in decreased nutrients for your produce (ucdavis.com).

A Vegetable Garden in Orlando Will Produce Better Foods

Another advantage of buying local fruits and vegetables is that they taste better! A vegetable garden in Orlando, FL will likely produce better tasting, nutrition-packed fruits and vegetables, as long as the food isn’t transported far. When you buy local produce, you can expect that what you’re buying has been harvested only 24 hours before your purchase, at its peak freshness and ripeness. (ucdavis.com)

Call Us For A Vegetable Garden in Orlando

At Sungold Gardens, we care about the environment and the quality of our food. That’s why we do what we do- provide low-maintenance, elevated, organically grown vegetable gardens to local communities. Please visit our website store for more information! ReferencesBarrett, Diane. "The Nutritive Value of Fruits, Vegetables and Nuts." Journal of the American Medical Association 108.11 (1937): 913. Web. How Far Does Your Food Travel to Get to Your Plate?" CUESA. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2017.

           
  1. “Is Local More Nutritious?” It Depends (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 30 Jan. 2017.