Buying local

Why buy local produce?

Local produce retains a higher proportion of nutritional value than imported foods. Fresh, organic vegetables have significantly higher levels of vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus than conventional vegetables.

Money spent in the community stays in the community longer, benefiting local retailers and residents.

Buying local food helps to make farming more profitable and selling farmland for urban development less attractive.

Small, local farms often use sustainable farming techniques, such as not using pesticides or other harmful chemicals on produce.

Extreme amounts of fossil fuel are used to transport industrial food long distances. Combustion of these fuels releases many pollutants into the atmosphere, resulting in global climate change, acid rain, smog, and air pollution.