Thursday, October 04, 2007

What is the Major Upcoming Food Trend

There are some food trends that are moving upwards like Locally grown foods,Flexitarianism, Functional foods, Organic food, and Slow food.
The major leading trend among all of these will be Locally grown foods.

In the past 10 years, the number of U.S. local farmers' markets has more than doubled.. it is up from 1,755 to 3,706, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service.

Produce raised on "factory" farms which constitutes most of the produce grown in the United States- where statistics and info are abundant-, is picked about four to seven days before it arrives on supermarket shelves, and shipped for an average of 1,500 miles before it's sold, according to Local Harvest, a nonprofit agricultural research group.

All that downtime takes a toll. USDA researchers have found that if it's not handled properly, produce can lose up to half its nutrients in transit. Water-soluble nutrients such as vitamin C are particularly vulnerable.

When you buy locally grown foods you can:
# Find out how things are grown
# Request varieties of fruits and vegetables that wouldn't be available elsewhere
# Have food that tastes better than produce designed to be shipped

Locally grown foods best serve other emerging food trends that provide flavorful , nutrient-rich meals that are easy to prepare and can help you fulfill many of your dietary requirements.
These trends are:

# Flexitarianism : which is eating a primarily plant-based diet composed of grains, vegetables, and fruits, but you occasionally obtain protein from lean meat, fish, poultry, or dairy.

# Slow food: First launched by restaurateur Carlo Petrini, an Italian protester of fast foods, 20 years ago . The trend's principles are choosing locally grown and produced items, preparing them in traditional ways, and eating with friends and family... celebrate a relaxed approach to living that provides a welcome contrast to the fast-paced, eat-on-the-run lives many people lead.
"Slow food is all about cherishing the eating experience and getting back to what food used to be: a vehicle for drawing people together," explains Sara Firebaugh, assistant director of Slow Food USA.

# Organic food: These are foods produced following a government-regulated practice of growing and processing that minimizes exposure to pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals used in traditional farming. While these foods can be produced any where, yet aren't the local producers the most careful people about that?

# Functional foods: These are enriched with nutrients that may not be inherent to a given food. Familiar examples include orange juice fortified with calcium or milk fortified with vitamins A and D, eggs and pastas with omega-3 fatty acids, sterol-fortified chocolates and high-fiber, high-protein flours.
Again they can be produced any where, but the manufacturers certainly would consider the other upcoming trends and produce locally through
subsidiaries. After all these foods represent only a fraction of the consumed foods.

The food traditions through some 50-60 years ago are something like fashion which looks back sometimes to inspire new modes, yet food ones are determined by scientific findings rather than personal choices. The mode now is looking back and.. buying Local.

Real estate and stock market? Nope, I don't know, but if we imagine that the trend attracts some big players in a country like U.S. and they compete for buying local products, renting or buying vast lands in all or most of the states,and playing the way of Google and Microsoft...who knows?


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