Trying to be good, buying local
Our family has recently renewed our attempts to improve the quality of food we eat and this includes trying to buy more local food.
After watching the documentary "Food, Inc" and learning about modern farming methods (for example the fact that there are only 13 meat processing plants in the entire country now, chickens are breed to be so fat they can't stand up, cows and most livestock and most products on the store shelves are based on government subsidized corn) and my son's First Lego League season based on the topic of Food Safety, we feel we can do more to vote with our dollars and buy local.
We are lucky enough to live in a rural area with lots of family farms around so its not too difficult to buy more local produce and meat. It really is just more about taking the effort to do so. Not only will we be supporting our neighbors and the traditional farming methods, but we'll be reducing the amount of carbon put into the atmosphere and doing more to stop climate change. Hurricane Irene and the flooding it brought destroyed many farms, homes, business and infrastructure in our area is just one more reminder of the dangers of climate change.
Buying local is the best way for your dollars to make an impact on your local and global environment. It supports your local hardworking farming families and cuts down on truck emissions and refrigeration energy.
Plus buying local gives one more great photo opportunities!
Notes on the images: Pumpkins from a local grower, tractor and barn shot at a neighbor's small farm (three cows) shot while walking the dog, home grown carrot and a rooster at a local poultry farm.
Photo credits: Peanutroaster.