Hitting the grocery store isn’t what it used to be. If you want to be a savvy shopper that’s cautious of the environment, you’ll want to choose foods that come in as little packaging as possible, produce that has a Fair Trade approval and foods that are organic. Another characteristic to look for includes locally grown fruits and veggies.
There are many reasons why you want to choose locally grown produce:
- Exceptional taste and freshness
- Support for local farmers
- More money for the community
- Healthier foods with less chemicals and pesticides
- Environmental Benefits
Most people know that buying locally grown produce is healthiest since there are fewer chemicals and pesticides used. But there are many environmental perks to enjoy as well. Since the food isn’t coming from hundreds of miles away, the environment saves on the fuel and carbon dioxide emissions that come from transportation.
By buying local, you’re supporting your community and showing that it’s the local farmers you want to buy from. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible since not all climates are conducive to growing fruits and vegetables. For example, you may be able to get your hands on seasonal produce during the spring, summer and fall months, but winter will be a different story.
With this in mind, buy your produce with the seasons. The foods will be freshest. Visit farmer’s markets during the fall and go apple picking at the end of the summer. For more information on where to buy local produce, visit localharvest.org.
By buying locally grown foods, you’re supporting the environment!
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