Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Local is Best

When it comes to locally grown food, there's more to it than just better nutritional value. You are also helping to save the environment.

As you prepare dinner tonight, take a look at the food that you bought and try and guess where it came from. Is it from a local farm that practices safe, organic growing methods ? Or are the ingredients you are using full of preservatives to keep them fresh and used hundreds of gallons of gas to travel thousands of miles to end up on your dinner plate?

When you support local businesses, it helps to create and sustain jobs for local communities. And local businesses are more likely to use other local businesses for services such as banking and advertising.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, some 5 million farms have been lost since 1935. Most likely, those were farms that communities supported. Not only are local farms producing more nutritious food for you and your family, but they help the environment too.

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