Health Watch

Jul 24, 2012 4:51 AM

More People Turning To Local Food Sources

Experts say more and more people now turn to local sources for food.

Over the last decade, the number of farmer's markets grew by 150 percent. The trend has even led to the coining a new word - localvore.

"Someone who tries to eat food which is grown within a hundred miles of where they live or where they buy their food," Jamie Hirsh with Consumer Reports said.

Hirsh asked experts if locally grown is, in fact, healthier.

"There's no question that this is a healthier way to eat than to eat packaged and processed items, with added sodium and added sugar and added who knows what-all."

Farmer's markets also give consumers the opportunity to talk to farmers and ranchers face-to-face.

"You can ask questions about how it was produced - was it grown organically? Were pesticides used?...What were the animals fed if it's poultry or beef?" Hirsh said.

You can find information about Lexington's Farmer's Market HERE.

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