Check out these benefits for buying your fruit and vegetables from a local farmer or market.
Some people conduct non-local trade for a variety of reasons. For example, you may purchase organic food because it is better for the environment than produce grown with pesticides and chemicals. However, despite the food being organic, the produce is transported to your location via the use of fossil fuels. Here are six good reasons to purchase locally.
Locally food is much better for your health compared to non-local food. Once you pluck produce from a plant, its nutritional value starts to decrease immediately. When you go to the supermarket, the product there could have taken days or weeks to get to the supermarket. Also, the produce may have been sitting in the display case for days. In all, the produce could have spent days or even weeks since being plucked from its mother plant.
On the other hand, if you buy locally, chances are, the produce was picked within the last 24 hours. Therefore, the fruit still retains most of its nutrients.
Taste of Produce
Before, farmers would select seeds from better crops to ensure flavor and quality of the produce. Also, farmers would let the fruit ripen until you could eat them before harvesting them. Nowadays, farmers look to grow crops that will do well in cold storage and will last long for cross-country transportation, causing the crops to be picked long before they are ripe. Due to this, crops don’t taste nearly as good as they could taste. However, if you purchase local food, chances are, the food will be very ripe, fresh, and bursting with flavor.
Unfortunately, every single year, the amount of money that is pocketed by a farmer per every dollar spent goes down. Over a century ago, the average farmer got 40% of what a consumer spent on produce. Now, only 7% of profit actually goes to the farmer.
The rest of the money spent goes to storage, shipping, packaging, and marketing. However, if you purchase from local farmers, they won’t need to spend money on shipping, packaging, storage, and marketing, which means more profit for them.
When you buy locally, the money goes back to your local economy instead of going to the economy of another state or city. Believe it or not, but according to Brian Halweil, who is the author of Eat Here, Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket, when you spend a dollar locally, that dollar generates twice the amount of income for your local economy.
Therefore, the more you and other citizens spend locally, the better your schools, streets, parks, and other government managed places will be.
With more money circulating in the economy, there will be much more jobs available. Most of the jobs where you live are probably generated by local businesses. If you spend more money at local businesses, the local businesses will be able to offer more jobs. This means that if citizens start spending at local businesses more often, then the unemployment rate will go down locally.
Better Customer Service
Compared to non-local businesses, local businesses tend to hire people with more expertise for the products and services the business is trying to sell. So, if you ask their employees a question, they are more likely to be able to give you a good answer. Also, since these people may see again around town, they will most likely be nicer because they may have to see you everyday.
Also, local businesses tend to get less business than non-local businesses. Therefore, non-local businesses will have more time to answer your questions and solve your concerns.
As you can see, there are plenty of good reasons to purchase goods locally, such as purchasing locally being better for your health, the products will be of better quality, the economy will be stimulated more, new jobs will be created, and the customer service will probably be better.
This article was written by Philip Russell who blogs for Huntington Life Sciences. You can find many Careers at Hunting Life Sciences by visiting their web site. In his spare time Philip likes to reach out to the blogosphere on topics that interest him.