Local food networks include community gardens, food co-ops, Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA), and farmers' markets.
Lovavore which combines "local" with "omnivore" or "herbivore"
1/5 of all the oil products used in the United States is used in Agriculture. So if your are going green, learn to eat locally. Which is now the term Locavore. Many Locavore will only eat ina 100 mile radius from their homes. (This started out as a diet!) While some will include their home state.
It is changing the retail markets! Giant Eagle has signs on where the food is from and including signs for local foods. Krogers, Walmart and Sam's Club are now looking for local producers to cut cost for thier customers.
Best Buy, DreamWorks, and Nordstrom are using local farms in their cafeterias.
Why Go Locavore?
Food at local farmer markets are picked 24 hour before hitting the shelf. PLUS it isn't picked green and sprayed with chemicals to keep for along trip to your store,
Many plants are sprayed with chemicals that can cause things like miscarriages and cancer. Because it helps them stay fresher for longer trips that could be hundreds of miles, not with local farmers they just take it to the local market!
Eating local protects us from bio-terrorism. Food with less distance to travel from farm to plate has less susceptibility to harmful contamination! Really after what is happening with peanut butter lately, why not eat locally
Build your local economy.
More money in means strong local economy.
New Economics Foundation in London reports that it brings in twice the amount that a bused in product does!
Can't find locally grown? How about locally produced? ( I live near Smuckers! how lucky am I?? Fruit spread is a sweet treat!- the just friut stuff doesn't taste much different than jam) Try to get as much as you can locally if you can't get all your food that way. It is a step to the right direction for our environment!
Being that this is the winter and I not trying to lose weight but the more I buy local grown the less of a carbon footprint I leave