In SDG, PR, and Cornwall & Area local food is:
- Grown, caught, or raised in SDG, PR, and Cornwall & Area, including food from your garden.
- Prepared and/or processed in SDG, PR, and Cornwall & Area (e.g., bread, coffee, and yogurt).
- Local food retail establishments and restaurants who serve SDG, PR, and Cornwall& Area sourced food and beverages.
- Local food sources identified on the PR&SDG Local Food Map
Why Local Food?
For your health
- Eating local food in season is a great way to eat a larger variety of nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and other unique local foods.
- Local food is fresh and tasty because it is produced close to home.
For your community
- Buying local food creates a direct link between those who grow the food and those who eat it.
- Buying local food strengthens the local economy by keeping dollars and jobs within your community. The producers receive a higher percentage of your food dollar.
For the environment
- Food that is grown and sold locally travels a much shorter distance than imported food. Imported food can travel over a thousand kilometers to get to the store, burning a lot of fossil fuel and contributing to pollution.
- Local farms are often smaller and many use more sustainable methods that are better for the environment.
- Buying local helps contribute to preserving the land needed to keep our community’s food secure: Farmland will only survive as long as farmers can afford to grow food.