Organic foods are generally healthier for the planet—except when they're shipped thousands of miles away from where they were grown. The trendiest and smartest way to eat to save the earth—and get better tasting food in the process: Go local.
What Is Buying Local?
The rule of thumb is look for food grown within 100 miles of you or less. If you can cut down the distance your fruits and veggies have to travel, then you're stimulating jobs, protecting the environment (less travel means less carbon emissions), and supporting the community. When you eat local food, you're not just helping the environment, but are likely helping your diet. First, local farmers can pick produce when it is just ripe, ensuring that you get the best tasting food possible. And second, nobody's growing local junk food, so relying on local organic products generally helps get unhealthy snack foods out of your diet.