Buy Local and Green Up Your Meals


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If you’re looking for a tasty way to reduce your impact, try stocking up on food from local sources. Other than cutting back on meat consumption, this is the easiest way to green up your meals – and support local farmers. Treehugger.com says it best:

Buying seasonal, local food is a boon for the environment for a lot of reasons. Since most food travels many miles to reach your table (1,500 miles, on average), locally sourced food cuts back on the climate-change impacts of transportation. Local food also generally uses less packaging, is fresher and tastier, and comes in more varieties. It also supports small local growers and lets them get more for their produce by not having to spend so much on packing, processing, refrigeration, marketing, and shipping.

So while adhering to the 100-mile diet might be impossible, you can certainly make an impact by visiting one of more than 10 local farmers markets, checking out a local specialty grower, or stopping by one of the regular roadside stands.

Check out our expanding list, and add to it in the comments.

We will be creating a Go Green Map based on this info soon, so if you know of any additional locations where local food can be purchased, please let us know in the comments.



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