11 Reasons For Locally Grown Food
- Spiritual: Rhythm of nature and natural growth processes.
- Resources: Immense savings in the energy cost of transporting
- Personal Control: Control of contaminants on the produce and the
knowledge that the home-grown food is chemically free.
- Environmental: Reduced use of factory farm or other harmful
growing practices in the production of the community's food. This is
the surest way to know that heavy land fertility and environmental
costs are not occurring due to the eating habits.
- Labor Practices: Better control of labor practices at all stages
of food production and preparation. Consider the exploitation of
migrant farm workers, who are often forced to work without adequate
protection against agricultural poisons and without rudimentary
sanitation in their living quarters.
- Aesthetics: Beautify the countryside and make it a better place
to live for all residents.
- Eco-justice: Make a powerful political statement of social
justice as well as eco-justice through action.
- Health: Obvious health benefits for older people who get outside
exercise and fresh air when growing food. A sense of well-being and
control over one's life comes from self-sustenance and the resulting
- Home-savings: Economic benefits resulting in growing one's own
nutritious foods and sharing these with others in the vicinity.
- Psychological: In growing our own food we begin to have a sense
of taking control over our own lives and gaining in self respect.
- Model: We show others in the local area what they likewise can
do to become self-sustaining in their own lives.