Why You Should Shop Locally and Support Local Businesses
by Joanne Troppello
Years ago, I never even thought about shopping locally. I was not one who honestly cared too much about the environment. In my youth, I figured the earth would be here forever and it was not my concern.
However, as I’ve gotten older, my perspective has changed. I’ve started thinking more about the environment and my impact on it. I’ve learned more about the need to shop locally and trying to support local businesses. I’ve changed my perspective when it comes to healthy living and going to natural solutions for health before taking medicines.
Why Shopping Locally is Important
Have you thought about why you should shop locally and what that would mean to local businesses and the local economy? Do you think that it is your responsibility to care about the environment and local businesses? It definitely is a hot topic, especially these days when the economy is not doing well and people are starting to reevaluate where they’re spending their hard-earned money.
I recently read an article, Think Global, Buy Local from The Costco Connection and it was a pretty good article which got me thinking more about the need to shop local. In this article, I learned something interesting about Costco. Apparently, they make an effort to support local businesses and distributors of goods and each of their stores has goods from the local area. They want to help support regional economies and help small business owners while allowing their members to shop local and know that they are also supporting their own local economy—brilliant idea, if you ask me. One more reason for me to continue to support Costco as a faithful member…we’ve received many great products and good deals by shopping there.
Did you know that “most produce in the US is picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves and is shipped for an average of 1500 miles before being sold.”
This fact only includes products grown in the United States. When we import products from Mexico, Asia, Canada and other countries, the time frame when the product is harvested to when it reaches the grocery store is increased.
Maybe this is another reason to begin to shop local?
To locate farmer’s markets and meat markets etc in your local area, check out this website and put in your zip code. You’ll find a listing of all the places where you can shop local: Local Harvest Org
Remember, that as energy prices rise, the cost for food will rise as well. The cost for transporting the food affects how much the final price of the food is for us.
So, as we begin to shop local, we will save money on food. We’ll be paying for the actual food and all that goes into the growing process, but not paying for exorbitant transportation costs. The cost of oil is definitely going to increase in the coming days.
Wouldn’t now be a great time for people across the US to begin to shop local and start saving and sending a message that we do support our local businesses?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.