2) Local produce typically has higher nutritional value than imported counterparts.
3) Money spent locally stays in the community.
4) Smaller farms tend to be less chemical dependent, and more invested in soil health and biological farming methods.
5) More local farms means more green space preserved.
6) Less fossil fuels are used to transport food grown and eaten locally.
7) Animals raised on farms are healthier, happier and higher in nutrition than factory-raised ones.
8) Less chance for contamination, as local food is handled and packaged less.
9) Encourages self-reliance and healthier eating in adults and children.
10) Supports sustainable farming practices that will help preserve our natural resources.
(Excerpt from The Orlando Sentinel, "A Better You." Nov, 2013.)