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Buy locally grown food and eat seasonally

Standard commercial food travels over 1500 miles to reach your store shelves, losing its nutritional value and flavor in transport. The average grocery store vegetable is a week old on arrival and often requires preservatives.

Supporting local farmers and renewing rural small-scale agriculture helps guarantee a consistent flow of food to local communities year round. Most mass produced foods are heavily treated with chemicals, hormones, antibiotics and/or are genetically modified or engineered. Knowing the practices of the farmers you buy your food from ensures a healthy, reliable and safe food supply

Saving farmers is a prerequisite to saving diversity. Communities that save their agricultural diversity retain their own options for growth and self-reliance.

Buy Organic

The EPA says that agriculture is responsible for 70% of the pollution to the country's rivers and streams caused by chemicals, erosion, and animal waste runoff. Organic farming may be one of the last ways to keep both ecosystems and rural communities healthy and alive.

Small-scale organic farmers finance innovative research designed to reduce agricultural impact on the environment. They preserve biodiversity by collecting seeds and growing heirloom varieties of plants. They naturally enrich the soil with manure and compost. They rotate crops in the fields and plant cover crops to stop weeds, nutrient leaching, and erosion.

Consumer demand is a powerful force for change. Between 1989 and 1996 sales of organic products increased 20 percent annually. Every food category now has an organic alternative and more non-food crops are grown organically.

Start To Localize Right Now

  • Shop at the Farmers Market (June –Oct, on Tuesdays 2:30pm – 6pm in Ketchum, Thursday 2:30pm – 6pm in Hailey)
  • Join Idaho’s Bounty
  • Join Wood River Natural Food CSA (208 788-8508)
  • Start a Vegetable Garden
  • Plant Edible landscaping
  • Know where your food comes from (read labels)
  • Buy Fair Trade
  • Eat less Meat, start to use meat as a condiment, eliminate meat one day a week, switch to a vegetarian/vegan diet
  • Purchase as much organic produce as you can
  • Grow greens/herbs in your planter boxes
  • Reduce or eliminate your lawn (or switch to low maintenance grass, use only natural fertilizers)
  • Lean how to preserve food
  • Ask your supermarket to identify all locally grown produce and mention it’s source

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Quotes

"The factory meat industry has polluted thousands of miles of America's rivers, killed billions of fish, pushed tens of thousands of family farmers off their land, sickened and killed thousands of US citizens, and treated millions of farm animals with unspeakable and unnecessary cruelty
_Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
 Waterkeeper Alliance


Sustainability means living in such a way that there are enough resources to live well, in an alive, thriving environment – indefinitely
_John Jeavons
 ‘How to grow more vegetables and fruits than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine’

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