Everyday more and more people are enjoying locally produced foods which is having far-reaching benefits. When possible, choose the most sustainable option:
Local + Organic
“When you buy food for your table from a local, organic farmer, you help keep pesticides and herbicides off YOUR table, out of YOUR air, YOUR creeks, YOUR streams, YOUR rivers, YOUR world” (Dierde Smith, Watauga County, North Carolina)
How can you help grow a local food system?
Support your neighbourhood farmers’ market
Join your local Community Supported Agriculture
Reach for locally produced foods the next time you are at your grocery store
Grow as much food as possible in a community garden, in your own backyard, or on your balcony
Supports local farmers who bring fresh and healthy foods to our table
Connects people with the food that we eat, our local producers, and our environment.
Reduces our dependence on imported foods
The average North American food travels about 1500 miles or 2400 km before it reaches our plate. Besides the distance travelled, other factors such as the mode of transportation and our vehicular trips to buy groceries add to greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2008, farmers’ markets in all Canadian provinces generated $1.03 billion in annual sales and up to $3.09 billion for the total economy.
A Few Resources
Oakville Sustainable Food Partnership's 'Food Map of Halton' 2012
The 100-Mile Diet - Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon
Apples to Oysters - Margaret Webb
“Food and Climate Change”, David Suzuki Foundation: - click here
“Eat local foods”, WWF - click here
And many more books, articles, websites … click here