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Why you should buy local food - 10

reasons

by Joe Thomas
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Why you should buy

local food: 10 reasons

by Joe Thomas

1) Food grown locally tastes far better than imported produce.

Yes, some vegetables might look wonky but the flavour they

are bursting with surely make up for that. Locally grown food

is likely to arrive on your dinner table within a few hours of

being picked. The same cannot be said for those strawberries

we import from Spain.

2) Not only does it taste better, local food also provides more

nutrients. Farmers harvest crops at their peak making sure we

get the ripest highest quality food. There is also no need to

treat vegetables and fruit with chemicals or wrap them in

plastic for days of transportation. Not only would you

contribute to a healthier lifestyle, but you would also help the

environment whilst at it.

3) Now, locally produced food(1) comes in all shapes and

sizes. This is because farmers use different varieties of crops to

increase the length of harvesting cycle. These crops are not

genetically modified unlike the ones being mass produced for

larger retailers. This variety preserves biodiversity and ensures

that species do not go extinct. Nowadays, out of thousands of

apple cultivars available in the world only a few varieties make

it to the big stores. Smaller farms take pride in the crops they

grow and some special varieties are passed down as a family

secret through generations.  That is the kind of authenticity

that you would never find in a supermarket.

4) Locally grown crops are safer to eat. Cattle is reared freely on luscious green pastures while crops are

fertilized by the manure those animals produce. There is no waste of resources on local farms. So why not

go down to a local butcher for a nutrient-packed tender steak rather than a questionable looking chicken

breast full of antibiotics and growth hormones from a supermarket?

5) Local farmers and independent businesses are working hard to make it in the world where competition is

so fierce. By supporting them we preserve the authenticity and quality of the services they provide. Each

one of them adds a personal touch to their produce which is only characteristic of small local businesses.

6) Invest in the community you live in. Local food is produced by your neighbours living nearby trying their

best to provide best quality food all year around. It is a much more pleasant experience buying from a

farmer’s market or a shop while engaging in conversation and playing an active part in your local

community.

7) Local food preserves open space. If you enjoy the picturesque landscapes of the countryside, think about

buying local produce to save it. By keeping local farmers in business, you ensure that our beautiful land is

being used for agriculture and not sold for yet another development project.

8) Buying locally helps ecosystems in your area because carefully managed farms peacefully coexist with

and preserve wildlife. Hedges, ponds and meadows that farmers look after provide natural habitats for a

variety of local species. The food takes less miles to reach your plate, which reduces food miles(2), which in

turn is much better for the environment.

9) As a rule of thumb, local farms require less of your tax to operate as they provide more in tax than they

take in services. They also use less resources and manage them more effectively than larger scale

operations. Think about that next time you go to a supermarket.

10) Buying locally today provides for a better tomorrow. By making this small choice you are having a

positive impact on so many different aspects and ensuring that there is fresh, diverse, flavoursome food

available for future generations.

Useful Links: 1. https://www.sustainweb.org/sustainablefood/eat_the_seasons/ 2. https://www.farmmachinerylocator.co.uk/farm-sales/2016/06/food-miles/