“Farm-to-fork” has been one of the biggest food movements in recent years, across the world and here in South Africa. This movement involves eating food that has been grown or produced locally. Shopping at a local farmers’ market and eating at a restaurant that serves food from ingredients they source locally are two major ways in which people are following this movement in their daily lives.
There are several reasons why farm-to-fork has become so popular. Farm-to-fork essentially reduces the steps in the middle of the food supply chain, such as processing, transport and distribution. People are more and more wary of harmful additives and unknown chemical ingredients in what they eat, and want to eat more whole, natural and unprocessed foods. They are also becoming more concerned about sustainable farming practises and animal welfare, and the farm-to-fork movement means they are more aware about a food product’s origin. By sourcing food from local farmers, it also means only eating foods that are in season. This reduces the environmental impact of transporting out-of-season fruits and vegetables long distances across the world, and also means the food is fresher when it gets to your plate. Lots of food is wasted during processing and transport, and it often goes off before even reaching the consumer. Buying local means that the food is fresher and less is wasted.
We at DayToDay see the benefits of the farm-to-fork movement, which is why we follow it with the meal boxes we offer to you, our customers. We source seasonal ingredients for your meals from local farms. This not only ensures that the ingredients in our boxes are fresh and unprocessed, but it also means we support the local farmers in our communities. Farm-to-fork is not a food trend which will disappear soon – it is a way of eating which is here to stay.