What's All The Fuss Around "Eating Local"?
Eating local and shopping local are not just buzzwords. There are real, tangible benefits for you, in supporting local!
Here are 7 reasons to eat from local farmers:
EAT FRESH - Think you can't taste the difference between kale picked yesterday and kale picked last week, factory-washed, and sealed in plastic? Think again!
Fresh and whole foods are a powerful way to keep you, and your family healthy. Along with tasting better, fresher food lasts longer too.
BUILD CONNECTED COMMUNITIES - Local foods create more vibrant communities by connecting people with the farmers and food producers who bring them healthy local foods.
At Giant Gorilla Greens, we have gotten to know so many of our customers. We think of them when we are packaging their food, and are personally invested in these relationships.
LOCAL FOODS PROMOTE FOOD SAFETY - The fewer steps there are between your food's source and your table, the less chance there is of contamination. When you know where your food comes from and who grows it, you know a lot more about the journey of that food from farm to your plate.
At GGG we care about the families we are feeding and have a deep sense of responsibility to keep your food safe.
LESS WASTE - Because of the shorter distribution chains for local foods, less food is wasted in distribution, warehousing and merchandising. Did you know that up to 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten!?
That is on average 400 pounds of food per person every year!
Wasted food is also a major contributor to climate change, producing more greenhouse gas emissions than 37 million cars!
The majority of those greenhouse gases are released by growing the food, though a portion is released as methane as food rots in landfills. In fact, food is the number one contributor to landfills today.
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS - When you eat local, you’re helping cut down the miles that your food travels to get to you. In the US, food travels an average of 1500 miles to get from farm to plate!
PRESERVE AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPES - Buying local food helps local farms survive and thrive, keeping land from being redeveloped into suburban sprawl.
LOCAL ECONOMY - Money spent with local farmers, artisans and locally-owned purveyors and restaurants all stays close to home. It works to build your local economy. Rather than being handed over to a corporation in another city, state, or country. Since food moves through fewer hands, more of the money you spend tends to get to the people growing it.
Local farmers, fishers, farm workers, delivery truck drivers, grocery store employees, cooks, and many others rely on you.
Your community food businesses care, providing food you can trust!