Recently, I picked up the West Michigan Guide to Local Foods, published by the Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council, and found a nice list on page 3 called 10 Reasons to Buy Local. I thought they were worth sharing.
- Locally-grown, freshly-picked food tastes better.
- Local produce tends to have more nutritional value.
- Buying local spurs economic growth.
- Local food preserves diversity.
- You know the farmer and can find out easily how the food was raised.
- Local food supports local farm families.
- Local food builds community.
- Local food preserves open space.
- Local food keeps your taxes in check.
- Local food tends to be free of genetically engineered seed.
And I’ll add one more: Buying local contributes to a responsible carbon footprint.
And please buy local! (Well, except for wine?)