#Immediacy on speech making

IRAIN - If you live within easy distance of a farm or market garden,....

If you live within easy distance of a farm or market garden, place a regular order with them for fruit and vegetables. See if your friends or neighbours are interested in sharing an order with you. You may find that the grower is happy to deliver a regular order.

Look out for roadside signs online advertising local produce, and buy from these suppliers. Small greengrocers and market stalls often sell produce directly from the growers' boxes so you can see who you are buying from. Make a point of looking at the producer's name and address on egg boxes and milk cartons, and buy locally produced items when you can. If you live near a 'pick-your-own' farm, you can save money and get some exercise, while guaranteeing the freshness of your food.

But remember to ask the grower what sprays are used, and when the last spraying was done. BUYING LOCALLY - WHO BENEFITS? You: Buying fresh produce from local growers (so long as it hasn't been bombarded with chemical sprays) benefits you in several ways.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are richer in nutrients, and if you buy regularly from local suppliers you can almost always save money too. Potatoes by the sack from the farm gate, for example, are usually much cheaper than supermarket prices. Other people: Buying locally grown and processed foods means that you are supporting local farmers, businesses and jobs. As a regular customer,, you can often build up a good relationship with your neighbourhood grower.

The environment: Agriculture suited to local conditions and growing a variety of....

The environment: Agriculture suited to local conditions and growing a variety of crops helps to keep land in good heart. Considerable energy and pollution are saved in not tr... read more

Buy as much fresh fruit and vegetables as you can afford. Try....

Buy as much fresh fruit and vegetables as you can afford. Try varying your diet by introducing healthy whole-food staples like lentils, beans, rice and nuts - they ... read more

Other people: The other people you cook for will experience the health....

Other people: The other people you cook for will experience the health and energy benefits of eating whole-foods, a particularly important consideration... read more