50 Reasons to Eat & Grow Local Food
Local food keeps your taxes in check.
“Farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas suburban development costs more than it generates in taxes, according to several studies. On average, for every $1 in revenue raised by residential development, governments must spend $1.17 on services, thus requiring higher taxes of all taxpayers. For each dollar of revenue raised by farm, forest, or open space, governments spend 34 cents on services.”Source: http://www.circleofresponsibility.com/page/57/why-buy-local.htm
Additionally, the benefits to people from the food, local economic benefits (money that largely stays in the community), jobs, and carbon-sequestering green spaces provided by properly managed sustainable and organic agricultural uses of land, and the benefits multiply.