Utah State University has information online that can put a new slant on why you buy local food, spend time at farmers markets, and enjoy discussing food while getting to know your neighborhood farmers (and progressing to growing your own).
For one thing, purchasing food grown locally keeps more dollars circulating in the neighborhood too: shopping at large chain stores holds only about 40% of your money in your community. Buying local can hold up to 65% in circulation right at home.
Small businesses have more employees across our nation than all the corporations do combined, which means buying local also keeps – and grows – jobs.
Finally, buying locally-produced food gives all of us greater security for feeding our families and communities if bad weather affects other parts of the nation, or belligerent nations want to harm us. We are safe when we have food on our table, a roof over our heads, water and love from our families and community.
Thoughts to mull over …