Food is a need that we all have in common. It is a huge segment of the economy, and making eco-friendly food choices reduces your impact on the environment, improves the quality of your food, and protects your health. Buying local produce is an essential activity if you want to switch your diet to eco-friendly food.
When you buy fresh local produce you also have a greater chance to know the agricultural practices used to produce the food. You can ask the farmer if pesticides and other chemicals were used.
How do you find local produce?
1. Farmers' markets – These are becoming increasingly prevalent in communities large and small as the public seeks fresh local produce. At a farmers' market you'll be able to meet the farmers and ask questions. This will help you find the food that is the safest and freshest to eat.
2. Farms – More farmers are establishing direct-to-consumer business models. This farm-to-table approach lets farmers get retail price points, cut out wholesalers, and improve their per acre profit margins.
3. Roadside stands – These pop up during the growing season in just about every region. Stop in and buy some local produce.
4. Check your local grocery store – Some small grocery stores and even supermarkets are specifically offering locally grown foods due to customer demand. Look over the selection at your supermarket and make the eco-friendly choices. Ask the manager to stock from local growers.
When you buy local produce you are making one of the easiest eco-friendly choices available to most people. Additionally you are strengthening your local food economy. The more you buy local produce, then the more growers will profit from your choice.