Should I avoid buying some types of produce based on the amount of water used for their cultivation?



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    It is natural for various types of fruits and vegetables to require a sufficient water supply to reach their peak in quality and nutritional content, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about eating them. Farmers tend to grow produce that thrives in their particular soil and climate, and it’s fairly easy to figure out when something is grown where it shouldn’t. For example, you’re not likely to find pineapples and coconut in Nebraska, just as you won’t find local corn in Hawaii.

    The bigger issue is that our grocery stores are full of a wide range of produce year-round, much of which has traveled from other continents and/or hemispheres to meet the off-season demand. Even then, you won’t find them at their peak because they are picked too soon. This is why you can’t find good tomatoes in California during the winter, or why you pay up to three times as much for avocado at this time.

    Bottom line: The best way to have a positive impact on the environment is to eat fresh, local produce, which of course will vary depending on where you live.

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