Heifer Tip #1: When you buy local food, you’re helping to keeps local farms healthy and creating local jobs at farms and in local food processing and distribution systems.
Heifer Tip #2: When you spend your food dollars at local farms and food producers, that money stays in the local economy, creating more jobs at other local businesses.
Heifer Tip #3: The local food you buy has traveled much less distance to market than typical fresh or processed grocery store foods, therefore using less fuel and generating fewer greenhouse gases.
Heifer Tip #4: When you buy local food, there’s less waste. Because of the shorter distribution chains for local foods, less food is wasted in distribution, warehousing and merchandising. Less waste is better for the earth!
Heifer Tip #5: The local food you buy is fresher, healthier and tastes better, because it spends less time in transit from farm to plate, and therefore loses fewer nutrients and incurs less spoilage.
Heifer Tip #6: When you commit to buy more local food, you’ll discover interesting new foods, tasty new ways to prepare food, and a new appreciation of the pleasure of each season’s foods.
Heifer Tip #7: When you buy local food, you are encouraging diversification of local agriculture, which reduces the reliance on monoculture — single crops grown over a wide area to the detriment of soils.
Heifer Tip #8: When you buy local food, you’re helping to preserve open space: Buying local food helps local farms survive and thrive, keeping land from being redeveloped into suburban sprawl.
Heifer Tip #9: When you buy local food, you’re strengthening your community. Local foods create more vibrant communities by connecting people with the farmers and food producers who bring them healthy local foods. As customers of CSAs and farmers markets have discovered, they are great places to meet and connect with friends as well as farmers!