Why Buy Local?
* Eating local strengthens local economy - According to a study by the New Economics Foundation in London, a dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community at every transaction.
* Eating local is better for air quality and pollution than eating organic - In a MArch 2005 study by the journal Food Policy, it was found that the miles that organic food often travels to our plate creates environmental damage that outweighs the benefit of buying imported organic foods.
* Farmer's Markets help build relationships - These markets allow you to get to know the farmers who produce the foods you are eating, which in turn builds trust in the quality of the foods you are eating.
* Local food preserves open space - When you buy local, you give those with local open space - farms, orchards & pastures - an economic reason to stay open and undeveloped. You have probably enjoyed driving out into the country and appreciated the lush fields of crops, the meadows full of wild flowers, and the picturesque red barns. That landscape will survive only as long as farms are financially viable. When you buy locally grown food, you are doing something proactive about preserving agricultural landscape.
* Eating local protects us from bio-terrorism - Food with less distance to travelfrom farm to plate has less susceptibility to harmful contamination.