Like our energy bill we also tend to buy that food from people far away, so the money leaves our economy. Local food production has positive economic, social and health impacts.
The Adirondacks already have one of the highest densities of farmer's markets in New York. Growing food locally keeps money in our economy. A dollar spent here can add up to $14 additional dollars in our local economy. Local food also requires less shipping - in the U.S. more carbon pollution is produced by our food production and delivery system than by automobiles.That means your local food purchases can cut our national need for gasoline.
Local food that has not been overly processed, stored or preserved can also improve health, which has additional benefits.
Growing more food locally, and finding better ways for area farms to add value to what they grow can build jobs, cut our energy bill and improve quality of life.
Adirondack Harvest is the big local food site.
Schools can plant their own gardens and use the food grown in their own cafeterias. Read about how a college in Morrisville, NY is aiming to grow lettuce and fish economically year-round.