Buying local means purchasing food that is produced, grown, or raised close to your home.
The industrialization and globalization of our food system means that food now travels an average of 1,300 miles from the farm to the table, raising concerns about the effect on the environment, rural communities, and food safety and quality.
While buying local can benefit your community, local food isn’t necessarily healthier or more sustainable. Unless they’re certified organic, local foods can be grown with pesticides or other inputs not allowed in organic production.
Also, the report Food-Miles and the Relative Climate Impacts of Food Choices in the United States says transportation accounts for only 11 percent of greenhouse gas emissions; the way food is produced accounts for 83 percent. That’s why organic is the best choice.