Have you ever thought about what it takes to get food onto the shelves of your local supermarket? The food you eat can travel thousands of miles and be stored for weeks or months before it gets into your shopping cart.
Food that is grown locally (say, within 50 miles of your home) requires less packaging and less transportation – reducing the materials used and greenhouse gasses emitted - to get it from the farm to your table.
Eating locally is also a wonderful way to support local businesses that pay taxes and create jobs in your community. Fresh food that is ripened in the field rather than on a truck is just tastier, too.
- Pay attention in your supermarket’s produce aisle – many now stock and brag about their local products.
- Check out smaller grocers – many have longstanding relationships with local farmers and businesses.
- Visit a nearby farmers market or stand.
Seek out some local foods.
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Focus on foods that are produced within 50 miles of your home.