1. You do not have to travel as much for your food! Food that is boughtlocally travels so much less distance to the market place than the typical fresh or processed grocery store foods. Consequently using less fuel and contributing to fewer greenhouse gases.
2. Waste is a lot less: Due to the shorter distribution chains for local foods, food is wasted less during distribution, during the warehousing process and during merchandising.
3. Find local growers: You can talk to the farmers and find out how your food was grown, especially if there were any chemicals used during the growing season which may be harmful to your family.
4. Food is fresher: Local food is fresher, better for your health and it tastes better. This is because it spends less time being transported from a farm to your plate. This also means the foods lose fewer nutrients and too much spoilage does not occur.
5. Open space is preserved: When buying local food you help local farms survive and flourish. This keeps the land from being redeveloped into suburban sprawl and keeps nature in certain areas undisturbed.
6. Local foods help maintain environment: By buying local food you will help farmland and the green in your local community.
7. Soil is maintained healthy: Buying local food helps the diversification of the local agriculture. This will decrease the reliance on monoculture. Monoculture is when single crops are grown over a large area to the disadvantage of soils.
8. Tourists love food local to the area: Local foods promote tourists showing interests to food local to the areas that they are visiting. This term is coined: agritourism. Tourists have opportunities to visit farms and local food producers help show awareness to the certain crops of certain areas and high light their beauty.
9. Builds better connected communities: The local foods to the area create communities that flourish by connecting people with the farmers and food producers who bring them their healthy local foods.
10. Supports local farms: Buying local food keeps the local farms healthy and creates jobs locally at farms and in local food processing and distribution systems.
11. New and better flavors: When you decide to want to buy more local food, you will in turn find interesting new foods, tasty new ways to prepare food. You will find a new appreciation of the pleasure of each season’s foods.