Eating locally produced food is a key ingredient to a sustainable future. The authors of Plenty learned that while eating only food from local farmers can be rewarding and delicious, it was also exstremely difficult in our world of Magellean-like meals.
Lowcountry Local First advocates for all local businesses, and knows that true sustainabilty requires all of us to think before we buy – and buy locally when we can. If you’ve been thinking about going local with your grub, Lowcountry Local First has 10 reasons why you should make the change in 2009:
- Support your local farmers – shop the farmers markets and look and ASK for local produce at the grocers. Most conventional food travels an average of 1,500 miles before it hits the plate!
- Local is FRESHER and TASTIER – there is an abundance of great local produce.
- Eating Locally is Better for the Environment – lower your carbon foot print by eating locally. An Iowa State University study found that people who switched to buying 10% of their produce from local sources produced 5-17 times less CO2 overall.
- Support the Local Economy – keep money circulating in our community
- Supports Sustainable Land Use – supporting local farms keeps our land productive as farms and not houses!
- Eating Seasonally is Better for your Health!
- Free Range and Pastured Meat tastes better – See our in print and online Directory of Local Business to find some great local meat producers
- It’s our heritage and how our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents ate!
- Makes for great dinner conversation!
- A chance to stop and be Thankful for the EARTH that our food comes from, the RAIN and the SUN that help it grow, and the FARMER who plants the seeds and nurtures the crop.