There are many benefits to supporting our local food producers. Fresher food is one of them, but there is also a lot of energy consumed and CO2 emitted transporting food vast distances from large factory farms to our dinner table.
An easy way to make a difference in the fight against climate change is to support our own local farmers.
As the cost of energy rises in response to dwindling oil supplies and rising demand for energy, our local farmers will find they play an increasingly important role in our local economy. Food transport costs will cause our local food prices to increase, giving our local farmers a competitive edge against larger operations in more favorable growing climates. In any case, having a healthy and profitable agricultural community is good for everyone in North Bay because it increases our resiliency and helps our economy re-localize.
We are creating a map of local food producers to help people in North Bay to connect with their local farmers.