There are plenty of reasons to buy local. Not only do you get to support your neighbor’s business, you also contribute to your local economy and drive your tax base. But beyond this, you protect the environment and are buying healthier food.
Supporting small business, no matter where you live, is imperative to supporting and improving your local economy. It’s when larger stores exporting from farms across the country, or across the world, the economy suffer. If no one supported the local farmer and all the consumers in a town instead gave their money to large operations, smaller local operations lose revenue and can’t support employees. This is when job diversity suffers.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not present in organically grown foods, the process small farming operations use. Larger, corporate farms growing for big box grocery departments grow with GMOs to manipulate the color and longevity of produce. But these are unnatural and subsequently unhealthy. Studies have proven human GMO consumption cause premature aging, immunity problems and organ damage.
Not buying local has an impact on the environment for obvious-and maybe not to obvious- reasons. Obviously operations that aren’t local consume energy and burn fossil fuels to get the produce to you, the consumer. Be it buy plane, train or semi-tractor trailer, corporate out of town retailers burn much more energy to get their product in your hand.
But produce containing GMOs are also genetically modified to resist herbicide resistant. Because of this, farmers can be less cautious and more liberal with their herbicide, translating to more herbicide on your food. Herbicide has been linked to sterility and cancer, not to mention is detrimental to the environment, killing off thousands of pounds of bugs per season and disrupting entire ecology systems.