Sometimes, the way forward is the way back. Our grandparents may not have known it at the time, but the fact that they had no other choice but to grow up eating locally grown food probably did wonders for their health, the local economy and the environment.
These days, food can be grown thousands of miles from where it’s actually eaten. That means picking produce before it’s ripe, spraying it with artificial chemicals, packaging it in lots of plastic and using up lots of fossil fuels to drive it all over the country and even through borders to get it to the consumer.
West 5’s innovation extends beyond just state-of-the-art solar-powered buildings. It also extends to facilitating sustainable, healthy lifestyles for its residents. West 5’s farmers’ markets will be stocked with quality fruits and vegetables just steps away from residents. You’ll be able to pick up a peach for a boost on your way to work and then grab some veggies on your way for that flavourful homemade stirfry dinner.
Eating well is so simple and easy when you’ve got an abundance of high-quality food right in your neighbourhood. It becomes a part of your everyday lifestyle.
The future of food is really just going back to basics. Let’s forgo the ultra-processing and all the packaging. Let’s embrace our past and return to simple, local foods, and pass on the lifestyle from one generation to the next.