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Earth Tip: Buy organic and local

18 Apr

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As part of my “Countdown to Earth Day” series, I wanted to highlight even more ways that you can take actions to help our planet. Today’s tip is to buy organic and locally produced foods.

Now, I realize that buying organic can sometimes be more costly than other choices. We used to buy almost everything organic, but have had to cut back drastically with the current economy and our current salaries. If you have to pick a few to buy, check out this article: “The New Dirty Dozen: 12 Foods to Eat Organic.”

However, as we continue to promote the demand for these products, eventually prices will come down. Even buying one or two items each week can make a difference. There are many advantages to buying organic and local (to list just a few):

  • Fresher food for your families
  • No chemicals, pesticides, etc.
  • Less travel time for products from farm to market (which produces less pollution)
  • Protects our ecosystem
  • Promotes fair treatment of farm laborers and humane treatment of animals
  • Focus on sustainable life for farmers
  • Helps local businesses stay in business

To find out where to get locally grown or organic food in your area, here are two resources:

Eat Well Guide:

This is a free online directory for anyone who wants locally grown and sustainably produced food in the United States and Canada. It lists thousands of family farms, restaurants, farmer’s markets, grocery stores, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, U-pick orchards, and more. You can search in a variety of ways: by location, keyword, category, or product.

Local Harvest:

This is another directory geared for just the United States. They maintain a directory of small farms, farmer’s markets, and other local food sources. Their website also features an online store, a forum, a listing of events, blogs, and a newsletter. It is a great resource for learning about ways to get involved, how to use your “local harvest,” and more.

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4 responses to “Earth Tip: Buy organic and local

  1. Tammy

    April 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Great tips leading up to Earth Day!

     
    • rmk104

      April 19, 2012 at 7:28 am

      Thanks! I appreciate your comments. I hope you will check out some of my other posts, too!

       
  2. diggingher

    April 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I can’t figure out why it costs more to buy local. It should cost less or at least the same amount since there are no transportation costs. Why is that?
    I have started to look for antibiotic free meat too since all the evidence points to this being a problem for us. Like the blog..keep it up.

     
    • rmk104

      April 20, 2012 at 9:31 am

      I would love to get antibiotic free meat, but the kosher kind is quite expensive. We have not been able to do that yet. Thanks for all your comments. I really appreciate it. Glad you are enjoying my blog!

       

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