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The declining health of the planet, of humans and even of local economies can all be traced directly back to where our food comes from and how it is prepared. Returning to more basic and traditional food practices would benefit the issues stated previously in a multitude of ways. Putting an emphasis on local, fresh and in turn mainly healthier foods will allow individuals to form a deeper connection with where their food comes from. Through developing this deeper association with and understanding of the origins of their food, people will be able to revisit a more meaningful relationship with the rituals of eating, which often will result in increased time spent with family and loved ones. This would benefit human health on both a physical and mental level. In this project the potential positive impacts of emphasizing and remembering the geographic and cultural origins of our food will be demonstrated and explained. The importance of returning to more traditional, localized food practices will be presented. This report will partially meet the requirements of the NTD 450 course and will contain the ways these practices can directly improve human physical and mental health, fueling the incomes of local communities and reducing global waste and greenhouse gas emissions. The outcome of this research will help local policy makers, and social welfare departments such as the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services to identify and recognize not only the need for such changes, but ways in which they can be achieved.

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