There are many ways to decrease your carbon footprint, but one of the easiest ways that is often overlooked is buying local goods. Food that you eat can travel thousands of miles just to reach you, contributing indirectly to many fossil fuel emissions. Buying local foods can help reduce your impact on climate change while also boosting your country's economy. Additionally, purchasing local foods at farmer's markets is much-less energy intensive than buying foods from supermarkets.
If you still aren't convinced that buying local is worth it, here are 5 reasons you should consider when switching to local goods:
5. Local produce is better for you. Since it takes less time for local goods to travel to you, there is less of a possibility that nutrients will be lost along the way, giving you higher nutrition for your dollar.
4. Improves neighborhood communities. Supporting farmers and producers of local goods provides direct support to local neighborhood communities in your area. It's a great way to boost the local economy while also lowering your carbon impact.
3. Preserving farmland. Buying local creates the demand for local family farms to continue to flourish, keeping more farmland from being covered in cement from alternative development.
2. Creates a more sustainable environment. Local family farms create the open space and fields for biodiveristy, clean water, and sustainable reuse practices. Supporting these local farms also improves the environment by allowing for more energy conservation practices.
1. Reducing climate change impact. Buying local is a great way to reduce your climate change impact by reducing the fossil fuel emissions used to transport food to supermarkets. It’s an easy way for you to make a difference on your climate change impact.
Local goods are better for you, suppliers, and the community. The added bonus is decreasing your impact on climate change. Sounds like a good deal to me. Don’t believe me? Give it a try!
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