As a general rule of thumb, any food that has been grown within a 100 mile radius of where you live is considered “local”. It has been popular recently to “go local”, meaning to get as much of your food as possible from nearby farmers, or even from your own garden.
Why is it important to eat local food when possible?
1. It’s fresher. Food that is fresher is richer in nutrients, and it’s usually tastier.
2. It’s better for your immune system. Your body deals best with food that is in your environment. It is generally easier on your stomach and your allergies.
3. It’s good for the environment. Food that travels a long way takes a lot of fuel to get from the farm to your tummy. This results in overuse of oil resources, as well as air pollution from the burning of fuel. Local food requires a lot less fuel to get to you, and thus causes less of these problems.
4. Gardening is fun. If it’s possible for your house to have a garden, or for you to help out in a neighborhood garden, do it! It’s very fun and rewarding. You can learn about where your food comes from, and even help bring that food into the world by taking care of the plants as the food grows!