The Economy of Local Foods
We all know that purchasing local foods keeps our local farmers in business and returns much of the money we spend back into our local economy. However, there are other pluses to buying local over purchasing foods from "factory farming". Here are some other reasons why it is important to buy local:
- Pollution - Air, water and land pollution are higher in industrial farming than sustainable farming.
- Rural communities and saving family farms - Buying food from local farms supports small communities, whereas industrial farming generally receives their materials from far distances and sends profits elsewhere.
- Use of fossil fuels and climate change - Industrial farming uses tremendous amounts of energy, most of which comes from fossil fuels.
- Health - Grass-fed animals are healthier to eat than grain-fed livestock.