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This is a Blog Post from Slow Food Northshore : http://slowfoodnorthshore.org/why-local-matters/
Why Local Matters
The best food is grown close to you.
Nothing tastes better than food you grow yourself. But if you can’t grow your own, consider buying directly from local farmers. Why?
Local, organic food tastes better. Food grown in our area is usually picked within the past day or two. So, naturally it is crisp, sweet and loaded with flavor. Local farmers support biodiversity by growing varieties that are not grown on large, industrial farms.
Local, organic food is healthier. Most fruits and vegetables start losing nutrients as soon as they are picked. When crops are grown just a few miles away, harvests can be more recent and produce can be picked at the peak of freshness. Since local, organic food is fresher and has no pesticide residue, it’s better for you. Organic also means it’s not genetically modified, which has yet to be proven safe.
Local produce stays fresh longer after you buy it, because it was so fresh to begin with.
Local food is a better buy. By choosing local produce at farm stands, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms and grocery stores, you are paying for taste and vitality, not transportation or packaging.
Local, organically grown food supports a clean environment. Locally grown food significantly reduces the present average of 1,300 miles food travels from “field to plate.” By buying locally grown or produced food, you are reducing your carbon footprint. Organic food, grown or raised without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics or hormones, supports a healthy environment, and healther you. Smaller producers tend to be the best stewards of the land and water.
Local food strengthens our local economy. Buying local keeps your dollars circulating in our community and ensures that farming and local food production will remain viable in our area. Think Slow Money
Local food gives you peace of mind. One of the greatest benefits of buying locally grown or raised food is developing a relationship with the farmer. This allows you to ask questions like: Do you use any chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizer on your crops? How are your hens raised? Relationships built on understanding and trust are the foundation of strong communities.