Food miles measure the distance between farm and table. Food miles are often used to quantify the environmental impact of food production and transportation. According to an article published in Farm and Dairy by Ivory Harlow in The average tomato at the farmers market travels less than 60 miles from farm to table and emits .13 kg of CO2. By cutting down on these miles, you are reducing the environmental impact of your food. Local food doesn’t create large carbon footprints through overseas plane travel or long truck trips. This cuts down on fuel consumption and air pollution. There isn’t a need for shipping facilities, packing facilities or refrigeration.
There are many benefits to buying locally grown food, and each person makes their choice for different reasons. In addition to reducing food miles, locally grown food also creates important economic opportunities, provides health benefits and helps to reduce environmental impact. It also helps bring the community together and gives people the opportunity to make a difference.
Additionally, many people feel local “seasonal” food tastes better and lasts longer. They also find peace of mind knowing exactly where their food came from and how it was grown. Having a relationship with the person who grew your food is very rewarding. For others, supporting community economics and building relationships with local food producers is incredibly important, as is protecting the environment.
Whatever the reason, buying locally grown food is an important movement to support within your community. We urge you to shop local this Saturday at the Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market.