There’s more to buying locally-grown food items than freshness and good taste – you’re also helping the environment and the air we breathe. Those indirect benefits come in numerous ways, for example, locally grown foods:
- Reduces the amount of fuel used to transport produce from distant or offshore producers to your supermarket.
- Reduce dependency on fossil fuels and help put more food-buying dollars in the hands of regional farmers.
- Give those with open space, farms and pastures an economic reason to continue farming and the preservation of open space, wetlands and agricultural corridors.
- Do not require as much energy for storage and shipping as does produce purchased at the supermarket that may have been in transit or cold-storage for days, weeks or even months.
- Generate dollars that change hands three or four times in a community.
- Help the local community by providing tax dollars for schools and jobs and by providing safe and healthy food for consumers.
Whoever said you couldn’t eat your way to a better, healthier life?