In December, the Coca-Cola Company recalled Minute Maid drinks in certain states after some cartons distributed in some states were found to be contaminated by metal bolts and washers. Yes, you did read that correctly—metal bolts and washers.
The FDA has since classified the incident as a Class II recall, a label used for products which “may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences." That isn't exactly a sentence consumers hope to hear uttered about the drinks we're putting into our bodies, is it?
In reflection, this shortcoming highlights just one of the many reasons why consumers cannot rely on big corporations to provide them with honest information or true sustenance.
But, that's not the case for all producers. In fact, there's much to be said for turning to our local growers in terms of risk and reward. Local produce is oftentimes cheaper to purchase due to the abundance of in-season crops, and it's a lot tastier. Vitamins and nutrients tend to register much higher in these harvests, too.
There's no downside, and no catch—we're serious.
Here at Local Roots, instead of buying our food from big, corporate businesses, we believe in the importance of knowing where our food comes from, who grew it, and how it was grown in an effort to promote a more transparent, nourishing food system for all in the process.
Article by Local Roots contributor Jess Santoro // @jess_santoro
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