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10 Reasons to Buy Local Food

1.  Locally grown food tastes better

Food grown in your own community was probably picked within the past day or two.  It's crisp, sweet and loaded with flavor. Produce flown or trucked in from California, Florida, Chile or Holland is, quite understandably, much older. Several studies have  shown  that  the  average distance  food  travels from  farm to plate is 1,500 miles.  In a week-long (or more) delay from harvest to dinner table, sugars  turn  to  starches, plant cells shrink and produce loses its vitality.

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2. Local produce is better for you

A  recent  study  showed  that  fresh produce  loses nutrients quickly. Food  that  is  frozen or canned soon after  harvest  is actually more nutritious than  some “f resh” produce  that has been on the truck or  supermarket  shelf  for  a wee k . Locally grown food, purchased soon after harvest,retains its nutrients .

3.  Local food preserves genetic diversity

In the modern industrial agricultural system, varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen simultaneously and withstand harvesting equipment; for a tough skin that can survive packing and shipping; and an ability to have a long shelf  life in the store. Only a handful of hybrid varieties of each fruit and vegetable meet those rigorous demands, so there is little genetic diversity in the plants grow n. Local farms, in contrast, grow a huge number of varieties to provide a long season of harvest, an array of eye-catching colors, and  the best flavors. Many varieties are heirlooms,passed down from generation to generation, because they taste good. These  old  varieties  contain genetic material from hundreds or even thousands of years of human selection; they may someday provide the genes needed to create varieties that will thrive in a changing climate.

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4. Local food is GMO-free

Although  biotechnology companies have been trying  to commercialize genetically modified fruits and vegetables,  they are currently licensing them only to large factory-style farms.

Local farmers don’t have access to genetically modified seed, and most of them wouldn’t use it even if they could. A June 2001 survey by ABC Ne ws showed that 93% of Americans want labels on genetically modified food – most so that they can avoid it. If you are opposed to eating bioengineered food,you can rest assured that locally grown produce was bred the old-fashioned way, as nature intended.

5. Local food supports local farm families

With fewer than 1 million Americans now claiming farming as their primary occupation, farmers are a vanishing breed. Andno wonder – commodity  prices  are  at  historic  lows, often below the cost of production. The farmer now gets less than 10 cents of the retail food dollar. Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food – which means farm families can afford to stay on the farm, doing the work they love.

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6. Local food builds community

When you buy direct from the farmer, you are re-establishing a time honored connection between the eater and the grower. Knowing the farmers gives you insight  into the seasons, the weather, and the miracle of raising  food. In many cases, it gives you access to a farm where your children and grand-children can go to learn about nature  and  agriculture. Relationships built on understanding and trust can thrive.

7.  Local food preserves open space

As the value of direct-marketed fruits and vegetables increase, selling  farmland  for development becomes less likely.  You have probably enjoyed driving out into the country and appreciated the lush fields of crops, the meadows full of wildflowers, the picturesque red barns.  That landscape will survive only as long as farms are finacially viable.  When you buy  locally grown food, you are doing something proactive about preserving the agricultural landscape.

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8.  Local food keeps your taxes in check

Farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas suburban development costs more than it generates in taxes, according to several studies.  On average, for every $1 in revenue raised by residential development, governments must spend $1.17 on services, thus requiring higher taxes of all taxpayers.  For each dollar of revenue raised by farm, forest, or open space, governments spend 34 cents on services.

9.  Local food supports a clean
environment and benefits wildlife


A well-managed family farm is a place where the resources of fertile soil and clean water are valued. Good stewards of the land grow cover crops to prevent erosion and replace  nutrients used by their crops. Cover crops also capture carbon emissions and help combat global warming. According to some estimates, farmers who practice conservation tillage could sequester 12- 14% of the  carbon emitted by vehicles and industry. In addition, the habitat of a farm – the patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, ponds and buildings – is the perfect environment for many beloved species of wildlife, including bluebirds, killdeer, herons, bats, and rabbits.

 

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Growing for Market
P.O. Box 3747
Lawrence, Kansas 66046


Phone: 785–748–0605
Toll-free Phone: 800-307-8949
Fax: 785-748-0609

E-mail: growing4market@earthlink.net

10.  Local food is about the future

By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow, and that future generations will have access to nourishing flavorful, and abundant food.



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