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The Shop Local, Buy Local food movement appears to be losing steam, as smaller stores close-up shop. Would you pay ten cents more for an apple grown locally? Maybe not, and that's what "locavores" are trying to change. Locavores, are people who shop locally, and they say you need to change your min...
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There are ways to connect with your community beyond food. You’ve probably heard about community supported agriculture (or CSA) — a program where you pay up front and every week, a box of fresh, locally grown produce appears on your doorstop. Since its initial conception in western Massachusetts in...
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Most produce in the US is picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves, and is shipped for an average of 1500 miles before being sold. And this is when taking into account only US grown products! Those distances are substantially longer when we take into consideration produce import...
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According to the 2012 survey by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, when you choose to do business locally, you are indeed making an impact. And that impact is happening at its best in the communities like ours that have embraced Local First. 65% of respondents reported revenue growth in ...
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“Which is better for the environment and the economy — a tomato grown nearby or one from the supermarket?” That’s how USA Today starts off a recent piece titled “Local food is trendy, but is it really more eco-friendly?,” discussing two new books that claim to debunk the idea that it is. This argum...
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This week we've celebrated farmers markets as a vibrant segment of U.S. agriculture that offers a unique and personal way to connect producers and consumers. We highlighted decades of farmers market participation, updated the status of farmers markets across the U.S., offered an example of innovatio...
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Which is better for the environment and the economy — a tomato grown nearby or one from the supermarket? Local food, hip among urbanites and touted at the White House, is stirring more debate as new research suggests its benefits have been oversold. “I like the food,” says Joseph Conklin, a custom...
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The Christmas season is upon us and while it’s the happiest time of the year, it can also be the most wasteful.  White Christmases are overrated — this year, make sure you, your family and your friends have a green Christmas! Here are a few tips to get you started:   Your Christmas ...
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Like most things that I’ve done around here over the course of the past few years, I started buying meat directly from a local farmer in idealistic and almost utter ignorance.I mean, it’s not exactly like I went out looking for someone to sell me half a hog.As a matter of fact, when I first started ...
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With current market conditions, it has become increasingly cheaper to buy distantly produced goods, despite the increased costs of packaging, transport, inspection, and associated expenses. However, along with lower prices comes the added cost of repercussions on the environment and impacts on the e...
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Buying Local - A Bright Idea!   To Read More: http://adventurelightingblog.wordpress.com/2010/03/18/buying-local-a-bright-idea/ Posted by adventurelightingblog on March 18,2010
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IS INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE COOKING THE PLANET?DID YOU KNOW that our food system is a major contributor to global warming? The U.S. food system uses between 17-19% of the total energy supply in the country, (1)(2)(3)(4) contributing a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere ev...
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You don't have to travel far.By shopping local you don't have to travel far and if you're lucky enough to have a town center like we do you can park once and hit all the stores. This is particularly nice if you have small children.You don't have to battle the lines at the mall.Shopping local means t...
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Surprise -- your potatoes are better traveled than you are. American food travels an average of 1,500 to 2,500 miles from farm to table, reports the Worldwatch Institute.A "food mile" is the distance food travels from the farm to the store where you buy it, and these miles are costly to the environm...
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Two members of Congress earlier this month introduced legislation advancing a food reform movement promising to help resolve the great environmental and nutritional problems of the early 21st century. The intent is to remake the agricultural landscape to look more like it did decades ago. But unless...
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What types of local food outlets are available?Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an arrangment or partnership made between community members and a particular local farm. In a CSA farm, consumers can purchase seasonal "shares" which entitle them to weekly f...
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Support your local economyRelying on imported goods doesn't sustain your local economy and may drive out small businesses. Imagine if your home town or village only had one or two large chains of shops rather than a number of independently run small businesses. For me personally, that would not be a...
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     Local food tastes better. The crops are picked at their peak, and farmstead products like cheese are hand crafted for the best flavor. Food imported from far away is older, has traveled on trucks or planes, and has sat in warehouses before it finally gets to you.   ...
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The 4th of July weekend is upon us, which means we're lighting up our grills all across the country. There's nothing like a great bar-b-cue shared with friends and family. With the increasing concern about our health and that of the planet, I'd like to take a few minutes and talk about how you can m...
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We all have a carbon footprint. And during the Holidays, our carbon footprints are way larger than our shoe sizes as we tend to consume more than during other times in the year.  However, we can all still be true to our Green sides by following some Eco-friendly tips this Thanksgiving: Buy l...
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