By standard definition, prosperity brings up the ideas of opulence, ease, and comfort. But what does it really mean to us in modern times? Better health begins with ourselves, but it eventually involves community. Updating our belief system on how we feed our bodies and the impact it makes on the biosphere can unfold into a beautiful journey of self-awareness, social responsibility, and solidarity. What if simply eating local was a key instrument in stringing together the pieces to a more prosperous life? Let’s grab our (reusable) grocery bags and dive into 5 advantages of buying local and how it can help to change our inner and outer world.
- Buying local increases community health
According to the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society, researchers who studied 3,060 counties and parishes in the U.S found that counties with a higher volume of local businesses actually had a lower rate of mortality, obesity, and diabetes. It’s simple: eating foods that are unadulterated with pesticides like organic fruits and vegetables, or free from hormone disrupting compounds like grass-fed meats, pasture-raised eggs and dairy, contribute to a huge upgrade in the Standard American Diet (SAD.)
- Buying local promotes more local wealth
Buying local reaches beyond better health practices and actually promotes local wealth and jobs. This Chicago study found that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remained in the city compared to only $43 of each $100 at a chain retailer.
Simply put, buying local supports your local economy!
- Buying local reduces the carbon footprint
Buying from local vendors means the product has less travel time from the farm to your table. All of the energy that is used to transport food via planes, trains, trucks, and ships contributes to global warming and unhealthy air quality. With the release of almost 250,000 tons of global warming gases attributed to the imports of food products, it’s no wonder that purchasing foods from your local farmer’s market could make a world of difference in limiting the use of fossil fuels.
On average, Byrne Dairy farmers are just 35 miles from the farm to our bottling plants.
- Buying local creates connections to people and planet
Staying engaged with your local farms and businesses means a greater sense of community. Having a sense of connection with people creates lasting friendships and also holds such communities accountable for their actions. Getting to visit the farms that grow our foods and physically touch the land goes beyond physical health and nature connects us with the core of humanity.
- Join the farm-to-table movement
Local milk goes from the farm to the table in a short period of time, often under 24 hour. This quick turnaround results in an increased shelf life for you, providing fresher, tastier milk. engaged with your local farms and businesses means a greater sense of community. Having a sense of connection with people creates lasting friendships and also holds such communities accountable for their actions. Getting to visit the farms that grow our foods and physically touch the land goes beyond physical health and nature connects us with the core of humanity.
It’s easy. Just support a local dairy near you!