Benefits of Eating Local
Locally grown food tastes and looks better.The less time between field and table, the more flavor the food has. Picked at the peak versus 2 weeks early to allow for transportation to the store, allows for the produce to ripen on the vine.
Local food is better for you.
The shorter the time between the farm and your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost from fresh food.
Local food preserves genetic diversity.
Smaller local farms, in contrast, often grow many different varieties of crops to provide a long harvest season, an array of colors, and the best flavors. Livestock diversity is also higher where there are many small farms rather than few large farms.
Local food is safe.
Local farmers aren't anonymous and they take their responsibility to the consumer seriously.
Local food supports local families which supports local economy.
Local food builds community.
When you buy local, you're engaging in a time-honored connection between eater and grower. Knowing farmers gives insight into the seasons, the land, and your food.
Local food preserves open space.
When farmers get paid more for their products by marketing locally, they're less likely to sell farmland for development. When you buy locally grown food, you're doing something proactive to preserve our working landscape. That landscape is an essential ingredient to other economic activity in the state, such as tourism and recreation.
Local food keeps taxes down.
According to several studies by the American Farmland Trust, farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas most development contributes less in taxes than the cost of required services. Cows don’t go to school, tomatoes don’t dial 911.
Local food benefits the environment and wildlife.
Well-managed farms provide ecosystem services: they conserve fertile soil, protect water sources, and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. The farm environment is a patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, ponds and buildings that provide habitat for wildlife in our communities.
Local food is an investment in the future.
By supporting local farmers today, you are helping to ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow. That is a matter of importance for food security, especially in light of an uncertain energy future and our current reliance on fossil fuels to produce, package, distribute and store food.