Buying Local Fruit and Veg Can Lead to a Healthier 2007
After overindulging over the Christmas break what better way to start the New Year than with a pledge to buy more local fresh fruit and vegetables to help lead a healthier life in 2007.
Health Minister Dr Brian Gibbons said that the many community food co-operatives in Communities First areas across Wales provide an affordable way for people to get their 'five-a-day' as well as helping local farmers and growers.
The community food co-operative programme, which was set up in 2004 to help improve the health of people in Wales, recently beat off stiff competition from more than 200 entrants from 35 countries to win a World Health Organisation award for its work in counteracting obesity.
Dr Gibbons said:
It is recommended that everyone eats at least five different portions of fruit and vegetables a day, but this is sometimes thought to be expensive. However, at the local community food co-operatives you can get a range of fruit, salad and vegetables at very reasonable prices, and by buying locally you can help a local farmer and reduce the amount of food miles.
Over 100 registered community food co-operatives have been started across Wales, supplying a range of fresh fruit and vegetables each week and much of the food on sale is produced by local farmers.