Five Benefits of Locally Produced Food

Buying local is a great way to support your local farmers and it also helps reduce your carbon footprint - which means it’s good for the planet. Keep on reading to learn more about the benefits of shopping local.

FOOD & DRINK

Kira Barker

2/1/2022 3 min read

Key Points:

Buying local produce has some wonderful benefits:

  • It’s healthier and fresher

  • It’s better for the planet

  • It helps support local farmers

  • It produces less waste

  • Local produce is seasonal produce

When it comes to actions we can adopt to reduce our carbon footprint, one frequently used call to action is buy local, because it supports local communities and reduces the need for transport. Buying locally grown produce is especially effective. Why? It’s pretty simple, you’re doing something good for yourself, local farmers, and the planet. Here are five quick reasons why we love buying local produce:

1.     It's healthier and fresher

When it comes to time spent between farm and plate, buying locally grown foods is the big winner! Supermarket produce has often been in transit or cool rooms for days - or even weeks - whereas locally grown food is generally picked within 24 hours before your purchase and can therefore be picked when it's riper. We reckon buying local produce is good for your health - it's fresher, riper and tastier!

2.     It’s better for the planet

According to the Carbon Brief, our current diets and large scale, industrial agriculture practices account for approximately 23% of greenhouse gas emissions. On top of this concerning figure, a whopping 70% of fresh water is used for agriculture. Clearly, our current diets and agricultural practices cannot be sustained. Buying produce from local farms clears the way for us to support more energy-efficient, small-scale agricultural practices, helping reduce the carbon footprint of our diet.

3.   It helps support local farmers

Buying local produce helps support local farmers and economically benefits local communities. One way to support local farmers is to purchase your produce through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, which creates a direct and mutually beneficial relationship between the farmer and local consumers. By investing in a farmer's upcoming crops, the consumer commits to sharing both the abundance and the risk of the harvest. It’s a great way to truly support your local farmer, and, being subscribers ourselves, we couldn’t recommend it enough! You can find your local CSA here.

4.     It produces less waste and pollution

Purchasing local produce means your food travels more directly from farm to fork and therefore requires much less packaging. Shortening the distribution chain helps to significantly reduce the amount of waste that is generated throughout the process. Plus, there's less pollution generated by transport because of direct route from the farm to your home. Win win!

5.     Local produce is seasonal produce

Buying local produce and eating seasonally truly go hand in hand. When you buy local and in season, you're reducing the need for greenhouses, extra water, long distance transport and a string of other unsustainable measures to get food on your table. Buying local and seasonal means you’re eating the freshest and tastiest foods with a much reduced carbon footprint.