10 Reasons to Buy Local Food
10 Reasons to Buy Local Food
1. Locally grown food tastes better. Produce picked with hours or a day or so is much better than
produce that has been flown or trucked in. The average distance of store produce is 1500 miles. A week-
long (or more) delay from harvest to table makes sugars turn to starches, plant cells shrink, and produce
loses its vitality.
2. Local is better for you. Studies have shown that fresh produce loses nutrients quickly. Even food that
is frozen or canned soon after harvest is actually more nutritious than some “fresh” produce. Locally grown
food, purchased soon after harvest, retains its nutrients.
3. Local food preserves genetic diversity. Conventional farming and mega-farms grow varieties that ship
well, keep well and look good. Some hybrid varieties are grown for durable skin and ability to withstand
harvesting equipment. This is often at the expense of taste and securing the flavor lines of plants passed
down from generation to generation. These old varieties contain genetic material from hundreds or even
thousands of years of human selection; they may someday provide the genes needed to secure varieties that
will thrive in a changing climate.
4. Local food is GMO-free. Enough of our commercially grown food has been manipulated as it is, so you
can be sure that locally grown produce was bred as nature intended instead of within the technical realm of
5. Local food supports local farms. With fewer than 1 million Americans calling farming their primary
occupation, farmers are vanishing at an alarming rate. By what you purchase and where you shop you may
be able to redirect a nation of farmers calling it quits.
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 grandchildren 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-market fruits and vegetables increases, selling
farmland for development becomes less likely. When you buy locally grown food, you are doing something
proactive about preserving the agricultural landscape.
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.
9. Local food supports a clean environment and benefits wildlife. A well-managed farm is a place
where the resources of fertile soil and clean water are valued. Good stewards of the soil use cover crops,
meadows, woods, and ponds, to provide habitat for many beloved species of wildlife, including bluebirds,
killdeer, herons, bats, and rabbits.
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.