Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Farmers Markets & How Brazil Is Seeing Increases

By Robert Sutter

To say that the popularity of farmers markets is growing would be an understatement. Most people would be able to agree with the litany of benefits that these crops have and they are some of the best that they can be brought into just about any diet you can imagine. How high is the demand in other areas of the world, though, you may wonder? After looking over a recent report, it's dawned on me that more areas are becoming better aware of the benefits that fresher, natural crops have.

In Brazil, farmers markets are slowly but surely seeing growth within Brazil. An article on Occupy talked about this, saying as how there has been a great demand for some of the freshest food items out there. In fact, Belo Horizonte - viewed as one of Brazil's biggest cities - showed a 10% increase in demand during the first half of this year. To say that authorities along the lines of Colle Farmers Market should focus on this is probably something that goes without saying for most.

There is so much information out on the Internet and I think that social media is primarily to thank for this. The report went into detail about how Brazil has put 11.2 pounds of pesticides to use for each person every year. If you want an idea of how bad this is, keep in mind that this is twice as much as is seen in the United States. Understanding this, it goes without saying that changes have to be made with better crops being made visible as well.

If nothing else, educating others about the risks of pesticide usage should be enough to help elevate the demand for organic crops. Some fruits and vegetables have them in greater amounts than others, whether you realize this or not. Strawberries, for example, can become especially ridden with them due to the small bumps and ridges on the outside. This makes it more difficult for them to be cleaned with normal water since it is very likely that you won't be able to rinse every area as effectively.

It's apparent that there is a need for organic vegetable markets, in some places more than others. Everyone should have access to the best crops out there and the ones that are treated with natural methods are the ones that I have a hard time arguing against. To me, these are able to stand the test of time better than most other items that you can find at supermarkets. In time, you will start to see just how well these particular crops will be able to benefit your diet.

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