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Why Buy Local Produce?
Increases Nutrition - 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.
Supports the Local Economy - Money spent in the community stays in the community longer, benefiting local retailers and residents.
Builds Community - Buying local food supports family farmers and helps to support rural communities. It also increases the connection between consumers and the production of their food creating significant social benefits.
Preserves Local Farmland - Buying local food helps to make farming more profitable and selling farmland for urban development less attractive.
Supports Sustainable Agriculture - Small, local farms generally use sustainable farming techniques, often raising products without pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
Reduces Air Pollution - Extreme amounts of fossil fuel are used to transport industrial foods long distances. Combustion of these fuels releases many pollutants into the atmosphere, resulting in global climate change, acid rain, smog, and air pollution.