Tip #5 For Earth Day – Buy Local Farm To Table Food

Buy Local

When considering why to buy local, consider this… Only about 10% of the fossil fuel energy used in the world’s food system is used in production; the other 90% goes into packaging, transportation, and marketing.

Food Travels On Average 1,300 Miles From Farm To Table – 3 Reasons To Buy Local

 

  • Most fresh fruits and vegetables produced in the U.S. are shipped from California, Florida, and Washington.
  • Fruits and vegetables shipped from distant states and countries can spend as many as seven to fourteen days in transit before they arrive in the supermarket.
  • Most fruit and vegetable varieties sold in supermarkets are chosen for their ability to withstand industrial harvesting equipment and extended travel not taste. This results in little variety in the plants grown.

Taste The Difference In Fresh, Local Food And Judge Why To Buy Local For Yourself!

 

  • Premium Taste.  Locally grown fruits and vegetables are usually sold within 24 hours of being harvested. Produce picked and eaten at the height of ripeness has exceptional flavor and, when handled properly, is packed with nutrients.
  • Maximum Freshness.  By choosing to buy local produce at farm stands, farmers markets, pick-your-own farms and grocery stores, you pay for taste, not transportation and packaging.
  • Unique Varieties.  Local farmers often grow a large assortment of unique varieties of products to provide the most flavorful choices throughout the season.

Its This Easy To Buy Local:

 

  • Find a farmer, farmers’ market, farm stand, or local food outlet near you to visit.
  • Shop at your local farmers’ market or farm stand for the freshest, best tasting food available.  It’s easy to find & buy local food.  There are over 3,100 farmers’ markets in the U.S.—one is probably near you!
  • Encourage your local grocery stores and area restaurants to purchase more of their products from local farms
  • Support local, environmentally-sound producers.  Small, independent farms can encourage plant diversity by enriching the landscape.  Such diversity also reduces soil degradation, decreases agricultural run-off into rivers and streams, and provides habitat for wildlife.
  • Look for the organic label and buy from sustainable farmers.  Farmers practicing organic or sustainable farming techniques do not use harmful pesticides or fertilizers; instead, as stewards of the land, they work to improve the health of the soil, to protect the well being of livestock, and to preserve local water quality.

 

So there ya go 10+ great reasons to buy local, the earth and your taste buds will thank you for it!  This Earth Day weekend make a small but impactful choice and buy local.

 

Related Articles: [ “The True Cost Of Bananas A David & Goliath Tale” – http://thehealthykey.com/?p=1036 ] & [ “A Fair Trade & Sustainable Development White Paper” – http://thehealthykey.com/?p=1020 ]

 

Lynne is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Therapeutic Massage and Ethics Educator with extensive study in preventative nutrition and physiology. For over 35 years, Lynne has helped thousands of people through consulting, seminars and writing.

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