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#1 of #1000WaystoNourish: Ask your Grocer this

Welcome to #1000WaystoNourish.

Food is central to our existence. Everything we care about, our families, our kids, our community and the planet, they all come together at the dinner table.

But what we eat and the choices we often make around food are not sustainable. Nourish by Numbers is my commitment to change that. This is a social movement to learn and share about food that tastes good, is good for us and our planet.

Ask the question – where does our food come from?

To answer this question honestly, I had to first take a look at my own fridge, and boy was I surprised.

My fridge is a veritable travel bucket list of exotic destinations. The fruits and vegetables have travelled from countries that I would love to visit. The oranges are from Morocco, lemongrass from Thailand, bananas from Chile. Finally our favourite red and yellow peppers and asparagus from a greenhouse right here in Ontario, Canada

Global food distribution is here to stay. What we eat comes from further than one can imagine. That’s just the reality of the world we live in. While I would love to buy local, life in Canada (and many other places) doesn’t really permit that. In fact, 3 out of every 4 grocery dollars that Canadians spend go towards imported food. Blame that on Canadian winters, and till we have greenhouses at every corner, all-season farming is still a dream.

What can we do?

As consumers, we need to know where our food comes from and make conscious decisions. Asking questions will also let our grocery store know that we care.

Look for labels on the produce – they often list the country of origin. Some grocery stores support even more transparency and will state the country of origin right there on the price tag.  But there are many who don’t, and that’s when we ask.

Where is this pear from?

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