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What Are the Benefits of Buying Local Food?

Why Buy Local?

eating local foodThere are a number of reasons to consider buying local food. Among them, eating better tasting foods that stay fresh longer, supporting local communities and protecting the environment are probably the most prevalent. Concern for the treatment of animals is another common reason for adopting a locavore diet.

Availability and cost are some of the more prohibitive factors for most people, but lack of awareness of the possibility of purchasing local food (and the benefits of doing so) prevents most consumers from even engaging in those considerations.

No matter what stage of the buy cycle you find yourself at, exploring the benefits and limitations of buying local in more detail is a worthwhile exercise in evaluating your options. Read on to learn more about what the local food movement is all about–and why you might consider joining up. Continue reading

Local Food Movement Booming: Appalachian Hillfolk Pony Up the Cash for Local Food

Good news for local farmers and locavores–even Appalachian hillfolk are willing to pay for fresh, local food.

Sustainable Agriculture

Appalachia: The Cradle of Sustainable Agriculture?

According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, the “Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project has released estimates that Western North Carolina consumers bought $62 million worth of local food in 2010. That’s a four-fold increase since ASAP started its “Appalachian Grown” certification and branding program in 2007.”

While this exceeds the typical trend towards local foods in most areas, it is likely indicative of the general direction that our national food consumption is taking. Both organic and local food sales have seen increases nationwide; in fact, local food is predicted to reach $7 billion in sales this year. So what does this say about the future of the food industry? Continue reading

The Locavore Movement: Top 5 Ways to Eat Local

What Is a Locavore?

Eat Local: The Rise of the Locavore Movement

Eat Local: The Rise of the Locavore Movement

A “locavore” (or “localvore,” depending on who you ask) is someone who either exclusively or as a tendency eats food that is locally produced. The locavore movement (also known as the local food movement) has grown in popularity primarily due to increased interest in sustainability.

Widespread concerns about climate change and the effect of greenhouse gas emissions have played a significant role in its development. Many people have become concerned about the sustainability of transporting food over long distances. The locavore movement is the result of changing consumer behavior in light of this growing worry.

Locavores seek to reduce the environmental impact of food consumption by consuming locally produced food. What constitutes “local” is a debate in its own right, but many consider food that has traveled 100 miles or less from farm to table local. Continue reading

What is Local Food? Defining Local Food

The Local Food Movement

Local Food: What is Local?

Local Food: What is Local?

If you’re reading this, chances are that you’ve heard the term “local food” bandied around a lot lately. Maybe you heard it on the news in a discussion about sustainable agriculture, or in a debate between about whether “local or organic” is better for the environment.

Maybe you saw that episode of Portlandia where Fred and Carrie interrogate their waitress about the origin of the chicken used in the restaurant, eventually asking her to hold their table while they drive 30 miles to the farm its sourced from (and end up joining the polygamist cult that runs it).

Okay, so that’s a little extreme, but there is an increasing popular movement that’s pushing for buying and eating locally grown food. So what exactly does locally grown mean? Continue reading