Does eating locally grown food really reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment?
Is it really healthy?
If it is organic, as well as locally grown, then yes.
However if the locally grown food you eat is dowsed with pesticides and grown with chemical fertilizer, your local environment is being polluted with the runoff from that stuff.
Is Local Better Than Organic?
Locally grown food does have the benefit of being fresher, which means the vitamins, enzymes and other nutrients may be in better shape by the time it reaches your mouth. It also means you are supporting the local economy, which is good.
The gold standard is locally grown and organic. Fresh food, without chemical pesticides and fertilizer. A much more sustainable method and helps the local economy.
A reduction in “food miles”, that is the distance the food travels to your area, helps reduce the carbon footprint. Organic farming methods however, reduce the carbon footprint even more.
Remember, everything is local to somebody, somewhere.