A Commitment to Buying Locally
A new trend of buying local products has emerged and eclipsed the push to simply buy organic products. Since the organic food industry is now moving to a mass-production/bottom-line mindset, consumers have to wonder if their food is really safe and healthy. The solution to this looming question is buying local.
Consumers concerned about the quality, production, and nutritional value of their food can turn to the local foods movement that is spreading across our country. Not only does buying local qualm fears about where products come from, it supports small farmers and businesses that have established themselves on the values of excellence and quality rather than mass production and money.
The buy local movement works hand in hand with the idea of sustainability. The American Public Health Association (APHA) defines a "sustainable food system" as "one that provides healthy food to meet current food needs while maintaining healthy ecosystems that can also provide food for generations to come with minimal negative impact to the environment. A sustainable food system also encourages local production and distribution infrastructures and makes nutritious food available, accessible, and affordable to all. Further, it is humane and just, protecting farmers and other workers, consumers, and communities."
The Co-op strongly supports local farms and vendors. We strive to bring in products that will keep our community strong and healthy and promote a sustainable food system right here in the Delaware Valley.