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PRINCIPLES OF AGRICULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY
A sustainable agricultural system...
What is “Sustainable” Agriculture?
Farmers in Illinois need new practices and technologies which can be integrated into current farming systems with minimum risk. In order to be both economically viable and environmentally sound they must:
The philosophy promoted by Tri-State Local Foods Network is that sustainable principles and practices are applicable to the mainstream of contemporary agriculture. Leaders in the movement continue to emphasize striving for the goal of sustainable agriculture.
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Why buy local? Buying local food carries a wealth of benefits:
You get exceptional taste and freshness . Local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances. Local farmers can offer produce varieties bred for taste and freshness rather than for shipping and long shelf life.
You strengthen our local economy . B uying local food keeps your dollars circulating in your community. Getting to know the farmers who grow your food builds relationships based on understanding and trust, the foundation of strong communities.
You support endangered family farms . There's never been a more critical time to support your farming neighbors. With each local food purchase, you ensure that more of your money spent on food goes to the farmer.
You safeguard your family’s health . Increasing your fruit and vegetable intake is a healthy move and k nowing where your food comes from and how it is grown or raised enables you to choose safe food.
You protect the environment . Local food doesn't have to travel far. This reduces carbon dioxide emissions and packing materials. Buying local food also helps to make farming more profitable and selling farmland for development less attractive.