#9: EAT

‘Tis the season for farmers’ markets and a great time to EAT local. Why eat local? Eating locally grown food supports local farmers and your area’s economy. The food is fresher and tastier. It’s better for you. But most importantly, it’s better for the planet.

Did you know that the average food item produced and eaten in the U.S. travels 1,500 miles from the farm to your plate? And every one of those miles contributes to CO2 emissions. However, if you eat locally grown food (produce and meat) you are cutting down on food miles and therefore carbon emissions.

Locally grown food is also typically less processed than much of what you find in a traditional grocery store. Not only that, but local farms tend to practice more sustainable agriculture than large, factory farms. This minimizes the environmental impact and reduces the use of pesticides and other toxins that harm the soil and water. Finally, supporting them helps maintain greenspace and farmland in your community.

Just for fun, find a vegetable you like at a local farmers’ market. Then buy that same vegetable at a regular grocery store. Then, do a blind taste test with your family or friends. Which tastes better? In a lot of ways eating local is about the delicious, fresh food. But it’s way to make a difference because it’s #YourPlanetToo.