Contributing Author: Mr. Kurtis Graves, Department of Physical Therapy
Jessica Jackley is a force of nature. She received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, earned a certificate in Global Leadership and Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has been a CEO and co-founder of multiple social justice oriented companies. Her work as cofounder of Kiva, the world’s first person-to-person microlending website, is worthy of more praise than this article can offer. Kiva allows its users to lend as little as $25 to individual entrepreneurs, providing them with affordable loans to start or expand their small business. Typically, these crowdfunded loans are made to people in developing countries where it can be difficult to access stable financial institutions. Quite literally, 100 Kiva lenders from across the globe can each lend $25 to a particular entrepreneur, and that $2500 loan provides an opportunity to expand their business and provide for their family. By each Kiva lender loaning a little, this entrepreneur has received access to potentially lifesaving capital. The best part? As the entrepreneur pays back this loan, each of the 100 Kiva lenders would have their portion of the repayment placed back into their Kiva account for future lending or withdrawal. Just yesterday on International Women’s Day, Kiva lenders put out $6 million in loans to entrepreneurial women. The impact of that day will reap benefits for months if not years.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa
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Foods that are out of season mean they have to be shipped from various countries or regions around the world and are usually picked before the peak of their flavor to remain unspoiled for the long trip to various grocery stores. Often, that can result in much more expensive produce due to the time, distance, and people involved in getting those food items to you.
One of the best concrete benefits of eating seasonally is saving money on food. When you buy what's in season, you buy food that’s in abundant supply, which costs less for farmers to harvest and distribute to your grocery store. As a result, those savings are passed on to consumers. Therefore, eating seasonally will save you money and frequently will also ensure higher quality food as well, given that what you eat is picked at its freshest. Since seasonal food is grown closer to where you live, it typically doesn't spoil prior to delivery and is harvested at the peak of its season. This provides fruits and vegetables without compromised flavor or nutritive benefits that can result from the transportation/delivery process.
Another benefit of eating in season is the diversity and variety of foods that can enrich your eating. Seasonal foods can broaden your palate and expose you to dishes as well as ingredients you may not have experienced. This will often lead to a healthier, more balanced eating pattern. Therefore, eating seasonally can help to make eating healthfully fun and full of flavor!
How Do I Buy Seasonally?
Remember that when you buy locally you also are typically buying seasonally. If you’ve never focused on buying locally it is easier than it may seem. Try shopping at your local farmer’s market or food co-op. Also some companies, such as Farmhouse Delivery, will even source from several local farmers and deliver produce directly to your door. Many of these markets and businesses are also likely to offer organic or sustainable options if you're looking for them.
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