Saving the Earth, Our Home
When it comes to preserving planet earth, it is easy to feel like there is nothing you can do as it is truly a huge, global issue. What we often overlook is that if each of us as individuals make minor changes to daily life that could add up to big benefits for the earth. The usual ideas that come to mind surrounding this topic are things like turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, turning off the lights when you leave a room, biking, walking, or using public transportation instead of taking a car, etc. I think that the impacts of buying and eating local are often overlooked. If more people were to support the local food movement numerous positive outcomes would follow. The aim of the local food movement is to connect producers and consumers in communities in order to create self-reliant food networks. This farm to table strategy allows for much more sustainable living and eating within communities.
Local vs. Large
Large corporations such as Target, Walmart, Costco, Cub foods etc. must buy and sell mass amounts of products which results in a lot of waste. Large stores also leave massive carbon footprints. The benefits to buying local are plentiful. Consumers are able to support local farmers who rely on local buyers for their livelihood. It also provides the opportunity to buy food that is much more fresh than if you were to go to a grocery store. There are also environmental benefits that go along with eating local. If food is being produced and bought within the same community cuts down on the green house gas emissions used for transportation and storing of food. Factory farms that supply large grocery stores create very concentrated areas of manure and pollution whereas local farms produce much smaller amounts of pollution in a more spread out area. Supporting these local farms also promotes humane treatment of animals as it encourages free-range and pasture-grazing farming techniques. As you can see there are countless benefits to going local and it is something you should try to get involved in within your own community.