Purchasing Food Locally in an Eco-Friendly Way

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If you have apples in your kitchen, do you have any idea how far they had to travel before you were able to buy them at the store?  In most cases apples travel more than 1500 miles before you get a hold of them.  Now that’s a lot of fuel.  Consider how much fuel is used to transport apples and other types of produce all over the country.  That’s a lot of pollution that is created by the vehicles that carry these foods.  Sure, apples are good for you, but those fumes are definitely going to start causing some problems.

While the environmental impact is one of the issues to deal with, you also need to think about the preservatives used to keep the apple fresh while it is traveling across the country to your local store.  There are many companies that use various preservatives that include chemicals that can be dangerous to your health.

Wondering what you can do about these problems?  Well, one of the best things to do is to start purchasing your food locally.  While many small farms have been lost in the past 70-80 years, today you’ll still find that there are often farmers in your local area that have their own markets, even with all the competition from around the world.

The great thing is that when you purchase your food locally, there is a short amount of travel included, which means that there won’t be as much pollution being created when the food is being transported.  There is less processing and packaging that has to be done as well, which cuts back on garbage too.

So, there is something you can do.  Usually there are quite a few small farms in most areas and many of them have farmer’s markets that are open daily or at least a couple times each week.  Check where you live.  Chances are you’ll find a market like this in the area that you live in as well.  They often don’t do a lot of advertising because of the costs, so you’ll need to do a bit of research on your own.

It can be exciting to start mixing up your routine shopping for foods.  It’s nice to purchase fresh foods at a farmer’s market in your area.  Often you’re able to negotiate on the prices, which can be exciting as well.  So do your part and find local farmers markets.  Check out their dates and know when they open.  Show up early as well to make sure you get the best choices available.  Not only does buying foods locally help you to support the economy in your area, but you’ll be doing your part to go green too.

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