Oft-cited reasons for supporting local farmers and retailers are worth repeating. According to the Crescent City Farmers Market and Stay Local!, an initiative of the Urban Conservancy that promotes building a strong economy based on locally owned and operated businesses, the benefits of supporting local farmers and shopping locally are manifold.
Eating and purchasing local goods can:
Protect local character and prosperity.
Promote community well-being and build strong neighborhoods by connecting residents to area farmers and other locally owned businesses.
Preserve genetic diversity in plant species and provide a broader range of product choices that are not controlled by large-scale, commercial agriculture or national sales plans.
Maintain a healthy environment by supporting small farmers who value sustainable farming practices and untainted natural resources, while enabling them to stay in business rather than sell their land for development.
Prevent the destruction of open spaces, urban sprawl and habitat and wildlife loss associated with big-box retailers.
Support and sustain the local economy by putting money directly in the hands of farmers.
Reduce energy use and shrink your carbon footprint by consuming products that have traveled shorter distances and often require less packaging. " Andert