50 Reasons to Eat & Grow Local Food
Eating and Growing Food Locally is a gateway to sustainability and transition.
The underlying problems of today’s food and farming systems are but reflections of deeper social problems. It makes no real economic, environment, or health sense to import most of our spinach from China when we can easily grow it here, for example. It can look like it makes sense if we continue to look at the low prices of even Organic foods from faraway places, if we totally disregard the pollutants and near-slavery wages paid for the production, processing and transportation of this food. As the environmental and social damages pile up, we are just starting to see the real costs of this system geared toward monopolies, disregard for indigenous lands, plants, animals and people– and mega-profits for corporations.
“As we begin to realize the inherent benefits of relationships of integrity within local food systems, we will begin the process of healing the ecological and social wounds that plague modern society.
Take the challenge. Whether you grow your own food in your backyard or at a community garden, shop at a farmer’s market, buy directly from the farm gate, have a box of fresh produce delivered to your door, or belong to a local food cooperative, there are many, many sound reasons to eating locally grown food. Even eating a portion of your food from a local source can make a big difference for your health and our earth.”
Excerpted from: http://www.hans.org/magazine/331/Ten-Reasons-to-Eat-Local.html by Cathrine Gabriel – Source: Health Action Magazine Summer 2007