In the kitchen
For the average American meal (and we assume the average Canadian meal is similar), World Watch reports that the ingredients typically travel between 1,500 and 4,000 kilometers, a 25 percent increase from 1980 alone. This average meal uses up to 17 times more petroleum products, and produces carbon dioxide emissions by the same amount, compared to an entirely local meal.
Compared to imported foods, local foods travel a shorter distance before arriving at your doorstep. This means that they will arrive naturally ripe, fresh, and with its full flavor! The shorter distance also reduces the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with the transportation process.
Want to get your hands on some of those local goodies? Here’s how!Buy local!
Buy local foods to support local farm families, build local economies and conserve local farm land. Farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food - which means farm families can afford to stay on the farm, doing the work they love.
Is your backyard or balcony looking a tad empty? Why not transform it into a green space? “Salad greens” space that is! Grow your own vegetables and fruits and have garden fresh produce all year around!