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Why is Eating Local Foods Better for the Environment?

Less Oil Burned to Bring Food to Your Table

When you eat food from other places on the planet, it takes a great deal of energy to transport it to you. Trucks, trains, ships and airplanes all burn a lot of fuel in keeping the world wide food conveyer rolling every day. Eat local food and you contribute directly in reducing harmful emissions from the atmosphere. You will also help reduce the sprawling infrastructure needed to support mass food distribution including highways, warehouses and port facilities.

Less Chemicals in the Environment

Local farms are inclined to be better stewards of local lands. With long term sustainable goals, owner operated small diversified farms use far less chemicals and pesticides because they want to assure that their land stays healthy. Large scale corporate growing operations tend to push the limits of the land as far as possible for maximum short-term profitability--this means more chemicals.

More Open Space

Supporting local independent farmers in your community preserves open space for wildlife and prevents homogeneous suburban sprawl. Farm fields help retain ground water while parking lots and building developments shed polluted runoff into streams and rivers. Farmland helps reduce the concentration of pollutants

Less Regional Bio-Homogenization

Mono-crops corporate growing operations leave large areas open to singular problems such as insect infestation and diseases. Small local farms are often much more versatile and are able adjust to environmental conditions such as fluctuating weather patterns and seasonal temperature abnormalities. Small farms that avoid large areas of homogeneous crops are at less risk of total crop failure.

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