Environmental Stewardship

Buy locally grown food

When possible, purchase vegetables, fruits, meats and cheeses grown in Massachusetts and in the Northeast to reduce greenhouse gases emitted during transportation. According to World Watch, on average our food travel 1,500 to 2,500 miles from farms to your table. Furthermore, CUESA says that for each calorie of food produced, we are putting almost 10 calories of fossil fuel energy into our food system. This means buying local food makes a lighter carbon footprint and minimizes our negative impact to the environment. When we are buying locally grown food, we are also supporting local farmers and our community’s economy. There are “Buy Local” organizations throughout the state advocating this cause if you would like to learn more about locally grown products. In addition, MassGrown has many resources to get you started, i.e a map of farmer’s markets and farms in your area. They have also generated a poster of “10 reasons to eat locally grown”
Did you know?  Massachusetts was ranked 7th out of 50 states, Puerto Rico and D.C in the Strolling of the Heifers 2017 Locavore Index in terms of their commitment to local foods. Some of the components of this index included: consumer-supported agriculture, farmer markets, direct-to-the-public sales at farms, food programs, and a recently added component: number of hospitals that have pledged to source locally food whenever possible.