By KRISTEN LEE-CHARLSON
ECONOMICAL REASONS TO EAT & BUY LOCAL FOOD
Eating local means contributing to the local economy. A dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community with every transaction.
Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. By eating with the seasons, we are eating foods when they are at their peak taste, are the most abundant, and the least expensive.
Supporting local providers supports responsible land development. When you buy local, you give those with local open space–farms and pastures–an economic reason to stay open and undeveloped.
Buying food locally saves on transportation and energy and virtually eliminates wasteful spending for unnecessary packing and advertising, which together account for more than 20-percent of total food costs.
Eating local saves on transportation; estimates indicate that the average fresh food item travels about 1,500 miles from its points of production to final purchase.
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