What are the benefits of buying local food? Are there any downsides?

Buying food that is locally grown has many benefits.  In particular, it helps people connect with how their food is grown and raised while reducing the cost of shipping and environmental impact. However, there are some limitations to eating locally in some areas. Given growing seasons and geographies, there is produce that may not be available during specific times of year. All food is essentially locally grown depending on the area where the natural resources and landscapes are conducive to growing them. Foods are often shipped to places where other foods are native in exchange for those that aren’t. Sometimes, local can be resource intensive and therefore not always economically friendly.


USFRA Point of View

USFRA believes consumers have the right to make food choices that best fit their personal needs and household budgets. In particular, USFRA supports healthy choices for everyone no matter their socioeconomic status. For agriculture to provide healthy choices for all Americans as well as people... Read more