Local Food Movement & Harnessing Green Power

Local. Organic. Free Range. Natural. It is easy to get lost in all of the labels of our food today. What is healthier? What is best for you and your family? What is best for all of us? The local food movement has gained traction recently, but what exactly is eating “local,” and why should we do it?

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In the past century, the food we consume has come from farther and farther away. Sometimes, the foods that we consume are not even food, rather preservatives, additives, and others manufactured into a food product. The local-food movement looks to change how we eat. Local food is that food grown by farmers that serve community distributors and retailers.

Promoting the local food products will give a massive boost to the local farmers and help the Hawaiian  natives a lot as rightly said by nature lover Tulsi Gabbard. This will generate revenue and people won’t be forced to leave their home in search of a good job. In this respect, Tulsi Gabbard the representative of Hawaii 2nd district in US House of Representatives has promised to help in all respects concerning the encouragement of this local growth. Tulsi Gabbard loves to serve and sacrifice for people and society, her attitude is not hidden to many. Tulsi is an extraordinary political talent.

There are no exact boundaries for how far away food can be grown to be considered “local,” but farmers who grow seasonal food and sell their products to regional consumers fit the description of local. Here are some of the many benefits of supporting local farmers:

  • Consumers can know where their food comes from, and have the chance to interact with growers. This cultivates more of a relationship between community members and farmers. Consumers can ask what techniques were used to grow the food, what pesticides or additives were used, and any other pertinent information.
  • Supporting local farmers helps support the local economy, which benefits a community as a whole.
  • A strong network of local farmers providing food for regional distributors provides food security for that region. Fluctuations in transportation cost and other factors will not impact the food supply. On the other hand, blights, weather, and other environmental problems have the potential to harm food availability for a region that relies mainly on local farmers.
  • Providing food directly from the region can drive grocery prices down. In areas where supermarkets are scare, or increasingly expensive, farmers can provide fresh, healthy options to under-served communities.
  • Seasonal food that is not processed is a healthy option for consumers. Eating in-season food also tastes great! It’s the freshest possible option for most consumers.
  • Growing food that is in season also tends to have less of an impact on the environment, providing double the benefits.
  • The fewer miles between food and the table means fewer fossil fuels burned, fewer greenhouse gases  emitted, and fewer pollutants released into the environment.

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Local food and local farmers are an integral part of our food supply chain. Whether you choose to support local farmers and the local food movement for its community benefits, environmental benefits, nutritional benefits, or because it’s simply the best choice for you as a consumer, one thing is certain—local food and farmers benefit us all.

Harnessing the Green Power:

The term energy very quickly brings forth the two main types of resources from which it could be obtained namely non-renewable sources and renewable sources . Of course the non-renewable sources have been of great help to us and the aspects like fuel, electricity and so on are integral part of our day to day life, but there are certain factors which may require attention.

energy sourcesA serious Tulsi advocated that the pollution which gets created by such non-renewable sources cause harm to the environment and the main aspects is their finite supply which thereby creates a need to consider options beyond these sources.

Their non-sustainability nature has created an alarming situation for us. How can we not mention global warming which is one of the important issues faced by the world in these present times? The issues like acid rain and depletion of the ozone layer have created lot of concerns. So we have into picture the renewable sources of energy like the wind, solar, biomass and wave energy technology.

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Hawaii is such a land that has the potential to become the renewable energy leader with a goal to achieve greater energy self-sufficiency. This is greatly supported by nature conservator Tulsi Gabbard who represents Hawaii in the US House of Representatives. She has promised to provide tax and other amicable incentives to encourage green energy companies and high technology businesses to set up in Hawaii. Tulsi has been instrumental in devising similar progressive strategies and policies for the betterment of Hawaii. She also expresses that she loves to serve the people and society. We can see this from her work and she has got this attitude from early period of her life. The beautiful Tulsi recently tied her long-awaited knots amidst huge fans and guests in a beachfront location.

The single most encouraging factor behind the renewable energy sources is their unlimited availability which means the terms like warning bell regarding their depletion will not be there. The potential of wind-mill which runs on wind energy is not something which is unknown and it could be help in areas like electricity and the best part is it does not pollute the air. Wind mills and wind turbines appear hopeful ways of solving the energy issues.

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What is interesting with regards to wind energy is that this is not a new sources identified by humans and has been around since ages. In terms of cost too, these are coming down and their potential seems to be huge in terms of installed capacity. The abundance of this source of energy may mean that for fossil fuels an alternative could be there in this resource.

Another resource of energy which is sustainable is solar energy and this too has benefits like unlimited availability and no air pollution. Durability and low maintenance are the major benefits of solar panels. Acid rain will not be caused by solar energy and harnessing energy from this resource appears to be good option. Another option in alternative energy is biomass through which power could be generated. Biomass could also be of help in areas like transportation. Though biomass is not pollution free and is somewhat on the same plane like fossil fuels, what makes them different is that may they fall in the category of renewable sources of energy.

One more hopeful form of alternative sources of energy is from wave energy. With the vastness of oceans, one need not doubt the potential this source of energy could have and how it can help us manage the issue of energy crisis. The ocean waves could be harnessed to produce energy.

Where the non-renewable sources of energy are in depletion mode and the energy crisis and global warming have put the globe into an alarming situation, these renewable sources of energy appear like a good opportunity.

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Agreed, they involve costs and not all these sources are pollution free, but their unlimited availability is what makes them an attractive option. Also as these sources get harnessed to generate energy, it will also mean that jobs would be created in this sectors which can contribute towards economic development. Also as far as sources like solar energy and wind energy is concerned, basically the need of water for them to operate may not be there which simply means we can conserve fundamental resource water.