Environmental Resource Assesments
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11 Reasons For Locally Grown Food
- Spiritual: Rhythm of nature and
natural growth processes.
- Resources: Immense savings in
the energy cost of transporting food.
- Personal Control: Control of
contaminants on the produce and the knowledge that the home-grown food
is chemically free.
- Environmental: Reduced use of
factory farm or other harmful growing practices in the production of
the community's food. This is the surest way to know that heavy land
fertility and environmental costs are not occurring due to the eating
- Labor Practices: Better control
of labor practices at all stages of food production and preparation.
Consider the exploitation of migrant farm workers, who are often forced
to work without adequate protection against agricultural poisons and
without rudimentary sanitation in their living quarters.
- Aesthetics: Beautify the
countryside and make it a better place to live for all residents.
- Eco-justice: Make a powerful
political statement of social justice as well as eco-justice through
- Health: Obvious health benefits
for older people who get outside exercise and fresh air when growing
food. A sense of well-being and control over one's life comes from
self-sustenance and the resulting improved health.
- Home-savings: Economic benefits
resulting in growing one's own nutritious foods and sharing these with
others in the vicinity.
- Psychological: In growing our
own food we begin to have a sense of taking control over our own lives
and gaining in self respect.
- Model: We show others in the
local area what they likewise can do to become self-sustaining in their
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