Reasons To Go Local
Getting your foods locally is good for your health, the environment and your local economy. Consider these reasons to go local next time you are getting your groceries:
Eating local foods supports your local economy. Keep your dollars in your community, and get to know your farmers. They are a great resource not only for information about their products, but also for delicious recipes!
Eating local foods is good for the environment. Most food travels somewhere between 1,500 and 2,500 miles to get to your plate. Buying locally reduces the amount of energy spent in transportation, and local goods also use significantly less packaging than those you would buy in a supermarket.
Eating local foods has health benefits. Farmers markets are chock full of a variety of healthy foods. They taste better because they are fresh, and since they have less distance to travel, they are significantly less susceptible to harmful contamination.
Lastly, eating local food supports responsible land development. Buying from local farms gives those land owners incentive to continue maintaining their open space, rather than sell it to the highest bidder.