We are in the priviliged position to have an abundance of delicious local food around us within a circle of 15 km of our mudbrick house.
Eating local food is better for you, for the environment and (most importantly) for your taste buds.
fresher (and taste better)
Local food is fresher and tastes better than food that been trucked or flown in from thousands of miles away. Think you can’t taste the difference between lettuce picked yesterday and lettuce picked last week, factory-washed and sealed in plastic? You can.
seasonal (and taste better)
It must be said: Deprivation leads to greater appreciation. Eating locally means eating seasonally, with all the deprivation and resulting pleasure that accompanies it.
have less environmental impact
Small carbon footprint for a little bunch of herbs. Look for farmers who follow organic and sustainable growing practices and energy use to minimize your food’s environmental impact.
Preserve green space & farmland
The environmental question of where you food comes from is bigger than its “carbon footprint.” By buying foods grown and raised closer to where you live, you help maintain farmland and green space in your area.
Promote food safety
The fewer steps there are between your food’s source and your table the less chance there is of contamination. Also, when you know where your food comes from and who grows it, you know a lot more about that food.
Support the local economy
Money spent with local farmers, growers and artisans and locally-owned purveyors and restaurants, all stays close to home. Working to build your local economy instead of being handed over to a corporation in another city, state, or country. Since the food moves through fewer hands, more of the money you spend tends to get to the people growing it.
To make the biggest local economic impact with your food budget, seek out producers who pay their workers a fair wage and practice social justice in their business.
Local foods create greater variety of foods available.
Knowing where your food is from connects you to the people who raise and grow it. Instead of having a single relationship – to a big supermarket – you develop smaller connections to more food sources: vendors at the farmers’ market, the local cheese shop, your favorite butcher, the co-op that sells local eggs, a local café that roasts coffee.