Climate, Seasons and Food Choices
If you can, you should always choose food grown in the same climatic region and mainly food that has been traditionally available during the present season.
Next best choice is food grown in the "neighbor" climatic region, or food grown during the previous season. Climate consideration and season considerations are especially important when we are talking about fruits, nuts and vegetable. You don't have to consider climate and season when it comes to fish, sea food, eggs, meat, milk products, spices, oils ...
Some fruits and nuts are naturally available during cold winter. There is nothing wrong in consuming it, even if you would consider it "autumn food".
Climate is an essential aspect to understanding the world around us. It is the long term summation of weather patterns for a region. It affects the region physically (i.e. vegetation and soil patterns) and culturally (i.e. agriculture and population).
Can you think of a few things in your own life that are affected by climate? Try the inverse: can you think of anything in your life that is completely unaffected by climate?
Climate and seasons are the most important physical components of our world that shape human lifestyles, behaviors, wealth and health.
Different climate classifications are primarily based upon (1) the seasonal variations in temperature, and (2) the annual rainfall amount and seasonality--that is, what time of the year the rain comes. Temperature is determined by the length of time the sun's most intense rays are focused on a area. Precipitation is the amount of rain and snow a region receives. The major factors which influence temperature and precipitation, and therefore shape climate, are (1) Latitude, (2) Air Masses & Ocean Currents, (3)Continentality , and (4) Topography.
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