Why buying locally-sourced food matters

Did you know buying local produce can significantly reduce your impact on the environment? Eating locally-sourced food can also benefit your health. But what do we mean by “locally-sourced” and “local produce”? Read on to find out and learn why it’s worth making the effort to buy local.

What is locally-sourced food?

Any food products that are grown/raised and sold by farmers in the community to buyers in the same community, are locally-sourced. If you go to a weekly farmers market you’ll be surrounded by local food, often sold by the farmers themselves. Emma’s Food Bag are proud to source our fresh ingredients locally for our meals, rather than using imported produce. These local ingredients, such as grass-fed beef and free-range chicken, make Emma’s Food Bag meals more delicious and also sustainable - a win-win!

Why is buying locally-sourced food better for the environment?

Every time you buy a local product, you’re voting for good, because local products don’t need to be transported huge distances from overseas and therefore have fewer ”food miles” (the distance food travels from the farm to your fork). By being a conscious consumer and choosing to buy local food, you're not only reducing your carbon footprint but also supporting the local economy.

Why is eating locally-sourced food healthier?

The less time fresh produce spends being transported, the less time it has to over-ripen. Produce that is freshly picked in season has also been proven to contain higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals. Not only that, but the fresher the produce, the better it tastes too! Ever been on a tropical overseas holiday and marvel at the flavour of the fresh fruit? It’s because it’s grown locally - just like the NZ made ingredients we source for Emma’s Food Bag

If we all make an effort to buy fresh food from local sources then it’ll benefit our health and our environment.