2. Reduce Energy Consumption - Locally produced foods do not require significant transportation or storage, both of which are very energy-intensive and pollute our air and water.
3. Increase Regional Economic Health - Buying locally grown foods keeps money within the community. This contributes to the health of all sectors of the local economy, increasing the local quality of life.
4. Encourage a Self-Sufficient Community - A community that produces its own food enables people to influence how their food is grown. In addition, it reduces reliance on far-off food producers, thus stabilizing its own food supply.
5. Help Preserve Biodiversity - Farmers selling locally are not limited to the few varieties that are bred for long distance shipping, high yields, and shelf life. Often they raise and sell wonderful heirloom varieties that may be hard to find in supermarkets.
6. Preserve the Rural Character of the Land - Supporting local farmers means maintaining local farmland. Local consumers can serve as the lifeline for local farmers because they create direct marketing opportunities where sellers can receive fair prices for their crops.
Avoid Post-Harvest Contamination - Foods sold in local markets without the need for extensive storage and transportation will likely contain minimal or no waxes and/or fungicides applied to protect the product after harvest.