We’re so accustomed to seeing the produce department full of our favorite fruits and vegetables that we don’t often stop to think how amazing it is that we can buy fresh kiwis and grapes during Polar Vortex-type temperatures. But should we actually be buying these “fresh” fruits?
We tend to think that fresh produce is better, but that’s not necessarily always true. Next time you’re checking out that tiny five dollar box of raspberries, take a look at the label to find out the country of origin. It probably came from Chile or another country in the Southern Hemisphere. That means that in order to get here, it needed to be ferried over 7,000 miles across land and sea. In a world of dwindling natural resources and soaring gas prices, we should think twice before buying food that needs to travel that far.