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Why Are Local Foods More Sustainable?

Your Money Stays in the Local Economy

When you pay a local farmer for produce grown in their fields, the money typically stays in the local economy. The farmer buys seed at the local grange supply. They pay their local employees, who spend the money on local businesses. When you buy food from far away, much of the profit is sent back to the source.

Local Food is Better Security

When local farms die off, so does the ability for a community to stay self reliant. When you buy local foods, you are helping to sustain your communities ability to produce food. It may not seem so important in good times, but when things get tough, it's like having insurance. You always know, how ever bad things get, you will always have a source for good food if enough people in your community support local farmers

Local Farmers Help Keep Food Prices Stable

When world demand for food commodities escalate, small local farmers aren't driven to raise prices as readily as the big corporate food conglomerates since they are not tied into the world markets. World food distribution systems are so closely linked today that drought, crisis and war on the other side of the globe can almost immediately effect chain grocery prices. When you by from local farmers, you don't have to be concerned about the price of tea and rice in China.

Local Farms Hold Down Community Tax Rates

Local farms restrict population density in growing communities and thereby reduce the need for high capacity infrastructure and public services. When you support local farmers, you are effectively helping to preserve productive farmland and cap social costs.

Local Food Builds Self Supporting Communities

Becoming directly involved with the local food growers and producers means that you have a say in what they produce. Your complaints and praise are likely heard and responded to. As a buyer of local food, you are an integral part of the community rather than just a another mass market consumer. Small local farms are going to me more responsive to the communities needs.

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