Minneapolis Sustainability

350 S. 5th Street, Room 315M
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Why Eat Local?

A strong, equitable local food system built around the core principles of good food has the potential to positively impact a community's public health, security, local economy and physical environment, while increasing racial, class, and gender equity among its residents.

Health: Food that is locally grown and sustainably produced tends to be fresher and more nutrient-dense than processed food. Increasing consumption of healthy foods contributes to improved nutrition and reduced levels of obesity and other chronic diseases.

Food Safety: Food grown locally can be processed and distributed by small- and mid-size operations where careful attention can be paid to food quality and safety measures.

Economy: A local food system supports small farms and local jobs, creates new business opportunities, and encourages the re-circulation of financial capital within the city, region and state.

Environment: Producing and buying local food can improve air, water and soil quality and reduce pollution created by the transporting and packaging required to bring our food from farm to table. Local foods grown in a sustainable manner can also reduce chemical and water usage.

Food Security: A local food system is typically less vulnerable to disruptions caused by natural or man-made disasters due to its smaller scale and decentralized setup. A local food system encourages individuals to share resources in order to provide for the collective needs of their neighbors and the community as a whole.

Equity: A local food system emphasizes a more equitable distribution of healthy food resources to ensure an adequate supply of nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate food and it supports self-sufficiency among families and communities.

Last updated Mar 29, 2012