Go Green Buy Local
by Melissa Ryzy of Chicago's Progressive Talk WCPT AM/FM
“Green” is the
new black! It’s sweeping
Take for example the purchase of a new hybrid
car. You may find the best deal online,
but if the car is in
A simpler example would be grocery shopping. You could stop at the chain supermarket on your way home from work to pick up ingredients for dinner, most likely flown in from the West Coast. The fruit is picked early, after copious spraying of herbicide and pesticide, ripening in a truck on the way here, far from the nutritious and natural benefits of the sun. Or you could make the greener choice and walk a few blocks to your local grocer, who is supplied by a local farmer, who in turn hires local workers. The locally produced produce will be better tasting, fresher, and healthier for comparable prices and incomparable energy savings. Additionally, local production means no emissions from driving, no energy consumption from shipping and storage; overall a much lighter carbon footprint.
“Thinking Local” takes it one step further and reminds you to not only patronize your local merchant, but also to encourage them to purchase their inventory locally, as well. The beauty of local shop owners is that they actually LISTEN to their customers. After all, they’re your neighbors!
So bask in the
upcoming seasons’ Farmer’s Markets throughout the region. Go Green by making
smaller, more frequent trips to the corner grocer (toting that reusable
shopping bag, of course). Stroll