I heard about a local food movement, I really never thought about where my food
comes from, or anything that I bought actually.
When we look at the “from farm to plate” statistic of an average 1500
miles, I think that it shows a great deal on the economy. Most of our food comes from “away,” and that
means that our money is going to companies that buy and transport this
food. When you buy food grown by farmers
in your area, you are keeping that money in your local economy. Buying directly from the farmer takes out the
middle man and this allows the farmer to get a fair price for the food that
local. You are buying directly from a
farmer, which means you know the practices the farmer has used. Not to mention your food has not gone through
several different stages of handling. I’m
not sure I can think of a time when buying local food has caused some recall of
foods due to potential bacteria issues; at least, not in my local food economy.
though. When you buy from small business
as opposed to big box stores, you are keeping more money in your
community. There is a great article that
talks about how buying local boosts your local economy – you can find that here. When
the economy on a large scale is still suffering, it makes sense to throw your
support to local businesses. Keeping
your local community going is definitely important because it will help to push
the larger economy forward.
cheap stuff from Target, but that is just the problem! I can get a whole lot of cheap stuff from
Target. When I know that I need
one thing, and instead of going to a store downtown and buying something of
better quality, I go to a big box store, but that one thing (which I will
probably need to replace in a year) and also buy x, y, and z because they are
visible and I think, “I could use that!”
It may be helping the bottom line of another store, but it certainly
doesn’t help my bottom line.
local? Is it something you don’t think a
lot about? Is it easier to go to a big
box store to get what you need?