Kara Ghiringhelli, Department of Public Health
Kara is a Nutrition Education Specialist at DPH.
If you are a buyer of organic foods, especially fruits and vegetables, do you care what city, state or even country your organic foods come from?
I guess I never really thought about organic foods coming from other countries. Maybe it is ignorant to assume that when I purchase organic broccoli with the USDA seal on it, I naturally think it came from a farm in the United States. But it has come to my attention that organic foods sold on the market with the USDA Organic seal can come from other countries, most notably China.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. I tend gravitate to locally grown organic produce for a number of reasons. First of all, it supports my local farmers and the local economy. Second, I enjoy purchasing fruits and vegetables from the Farmer’s Market—each time I go, there is something new that is in season. Third, it is the most environmentally-friendly choice, in part because it isn’t imported from other regions of the U.S. or from another country. And fourth, it is typically the ‘freshest’ because it didn’t take time to travel very far from the farm to my market.
So I guess it does matter to me. Now that I know this, I will look a bit more closely to the labels of the organic and even non-organic produce that I buy to see where they come from. But this is a decision I’ve made for me and my family. Does it matter to you where your organic foods come from? We’d love to hear from you.
Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014 posted on Apr 18
This week’s flu report shows a late-season increase in the rate of flu-like illness in the state – an indication of the unpredictability of flu and a reminder of the importance of taking simple measures to stop the spread of illness in our homes and communities. …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 18, 2014
DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse posted on Apr 15
Last week, the Department hosted the first in a series of statewide Town Hall Meetings that will examine what can be done to prevent underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth. Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) Director Hilary Jacobs was joined at the …Continue Reading DPH Kicks Off Town Hall Meetings to Address Underage Drinking and Prescription Drug Abuse
A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community posted on Apr 14
When it comes to our daily commute, we could all use a little inspiration. That’s why I want to take this opportunity to encourage employers in eastern Massachusetts to participate in the 2014 Walk/Ride Corporate Challenge — an annual competition that encourages workers to use …Continue Reading A Healthier Commute – for a Healthier Community