Pin It

Going Local 

Oft-cited reasons for supporting local farmers and retailers are worth repeating. According to the Crescent City Farmers Market and Stay Local!, an initiative of the Urban Conservancy that promotes building a strong economy based on locally owned and operated businesses, the benefits of supporting local farmers and shopping locally are manifold.

Eating and purchasing local goods can:

• Protect local character and prosperity.

• Promote community well-being and build strong neighborhoods by connecting residents to area farmers and other locally owned businesses.

• Preserve genetic diversity in plant species and provide a broader range of product choices that are not controlled by large-scale, commercial agriculture or national sales plans.

• Maintain a healthy environment by supporting small farmers who value sustainable farming practices and untainted natural resources, while enabling them to stay in business rather than sell their land for development.

• Prevent the destruction of open spaces, urban sprawl and habitat and wildlife loss associated with big-box retailers.

• Support and sustain the local economy by putting money directly in the hands of farmers.

• Reduce energy use and shrink your carbon footprint by consuming products that have traveled shorter distances and often require less packaging. " Andert


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Pin It

Speaking of --

Tags: ,

Submit an event Jump to date

Latest in News

More by Sarah Andert

  • Gambit’s 2017 winter restaurant guide

    Your guide to New Orleans area restaurants, organized by cuisine
    • Jan 30, 2017
  • 2011 Summer Restaurant Guide

    We asked local restaurateurs and chefs to name their dishes they think you just can't miss
    • May 31, 2011
  • Gambit's Spring Restaurant Guide 2011

    New Orleans eateries, from A to Z
    • Apr 12, 2011
  • More »

© 2018 Gambit
Powered by Foundation