A Few GREAT Reasons to Love Local Food!
The Choices we make when it comes to nourshing ourselves is one thing we often take for granted. In this fast-paced world, many of these decisions are made strickly out of convenience and/or price, and not always for the greater good of both the enviornment and our bodies.
- Higher nutrient content Local food is fresh food, simply becasue it dosn’t have to travel very far- which also means better tasting and more nutritious – then food trcuked in from elsewhere. In addition to being fresher, local produce retains a higher nutrient percentage of its chlorophyll then does produce that is shipped from afar.
- Lower carbon footprint Most of the food available today comes from “somewhere else.” This means transportation, which translate into more vehicles on the road, more traffic, higher emissions of carbons and a reduction of our natural resources. Not a good way to reduce our carbon foot print.
- Supporting local farmer who helps the community intact Supporting local farmers helps the entire community at large. In addition, the local economy benefits by jobs that are created. Bottom line- what is spent in the community stays in the community.
The next time we enter a ‘big box’ store remember this:
If we all spent $50 a week in 3 independant local retailers in our community- the return would be 68% of their income back to our local economy!
Overall reduction in food costs
Food that is produced locally can be surprisingly less expensive than you would imagine. Locally produced meat and produced are immune from the high marketing, transportation, and logistical costs that make up a large percentage of the prodcut’s price tag.
Local businesses uses less infrastructure then chain box stores With the ability to operate with greater agility and independence, local businesses are far more efficient dealing with resources when compared to national retailers. These huge firms, whose headquarters are suprisingly out of touch with the communities they serve.