Are you too thinking of buying that pack of quinoa that everyone is talking about? Hold on, and read this. It might change your opinion! We aren’t saying quinoa is not healthy, but there are plenty of local foods that have the same, if not more, health benefits that quinoa or any other imported food has. All things considered, it is necessary that we realize the importance of buying local products, and eat local!
Benefits & Importance of Buying Local Products:
Locally grown food does not require long trips for transportation. Hence, they do not need any preservatives to keep the food fresh during transit.
Due to the lack of chemicals, locally grown food delivers high-nutrients content.
Increases food safety:
Imported foods have a higher chance of being contaminated.
Preservation of small farm lands:
The establishment of small local farms prevents the land from being used for industrial or commercial purposes.
Reduces agricultural footprint:
Traditional farming methods throughout the world have little to no carbon footprint.
Here, the consumer gets a better understanding of their food and are aware of how and where their food is being produced.
Keeps money in the community:
In essence, choosing to spend money on locally grown food keeps the money within the community.
Supplies other local businesses and creates jobs:
Small local farms create produce for the community’s restaurants, schools, and hospitals. Hence, there is a generation of more employment opportunities.
Ensures holistic well-being:
By and large, you are able to contribute to the economy, environment, community and personal well-being.
Think Right Tips:
- Buy and promote local produce
- Visit the ‘farmers market’ in your area for the most fresh and nutritious food produce
- Also, along with fruits and vegetables, try to consume locally available dairy products
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