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Local

The shorter the distance food has to travel, the fewer greenhouse gasses get emitted.

Local food looks and tastes better.

The shorter the trip from the farm to your table, the more nutrients get preserved.

Because smaller local farms often grow a wide variety of crops to ensure for resilience against pests and weather, and to ensure a longer harvest season, genetic diversity gets maintained.

Local food supports local families and the local economy.

Local food builds community. It’s good to know your farmer!

Local food preserves open space.

Local food keeps taxes down because farmers contribute more in taxes than they require in services (unless the barn burns down).

Local food contributes to local food security.

Organic

Organic farming techniques remove greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere and fix them in the soil.

Organic farming keeps soils healthy and prevents erosion.

Organic food isn’t grown with hormones, chemical and petroleum-based fertilizers, and toxic pesticides, so it’s healthier for you, the farmers, and the environment.

Organic food increases your consumption of healthy anti-oxidants and decreases your consumption of toxic heavy metals.

Organically-raised animals are treated better.

Fair Trade

Fair Trade means better pay and safer working conditions for farmers and producers.

Fair Trade supports sustainable business practices which lower their (and your) environmental footprint.

Fair Trade products are often hand made, and of higher quality than mass-produced items.

Fair Trade farmers and artisans often work in a co-operative model and are often able to invest their earnings in their communities, improving housing, healthcare, and schools.  

Fair Trade ensures economic stability for producers by creating long-term partnerships between buyers and producers.

Vegetarian/Vegan

It takes 2,500 gallons of water and a dozen pounds of grain to make one pound of beef. This generates more CO2 than the average European car driving 70 miles.

If all Americans reduced their meat consumption by 20%, it would be the same as if all drove a Prius rather than a standard sedan.

Factory farmed animals eat a lot of carbon-intensive grains like corn. 

Animal manure produces methane, a greenhouse gas even stronger than carbon dioxide.

Many fish populations are collapsing due to over-fishing, pollution, habitat degradation, and warming oceans.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), chemical and animal waste runoff from factory farms is responsible for more than 173,000 miles of polluted rivers and streams.

About 70 percent of all grain produced in the United States is used to feed about 7 billion meat animals. The 7 billion livestock animals in the United States consume five times as much grain as is consumed directly by the American population. If all the grain currently fed to livestock were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million, says David Pimentel, professor of ecology at Cornell University. If the grain were exported, it would boost the US trade balance by $80 billion a year.

 

Sources:

http://www.vegetariantimes.com/article/why-go-veg-learn-about-becoming-a...

http://www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/factsheets/buylocal.html

http://www.fairtraderesource.org/downloads/top_10_reasons_to_support_ft.pdf

https://www.organicfacts.net/organic-products/organic-food/health-benefi...