Local is Better

Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits, so I’m super excited now that it’s spring and they’re in season. I’ve been eating them on my breakfast every morning- in my oatmeal, my cereal, even on my Nutella toast! And who doesn’t enjoy a big ol’ fat strawberry right from the fridge?

Remember that where you buy your produce can have a significant impact on the environment. I always preach that farmer’s markets are the best place to go to get produce because everything is localized. Unfortunately, not everybody has access to a farmer’s market depending on where they live. So, the second best options is to buy your produce at Whole Foods or other grocery stores that source their produce locally. Whole Foods loves to work with the community and they often get their produce from nearby farms when they’re in season. Buying produce locally cuts down on carbon emissions that are produced from transporting the goods.

Now I know that Whole Foods can be expensive for people- I’m working on a college-student budget, after all. But produce that’s in season is usually just about the same price as their counterparts in supermarkets like Walmart. Additionally, Whole Foods also has an app that notifies you of all the sales that are going on and gives you access to exclusive coupons. While you may not be able to do all of you’re grocery shopping here, utilizing the coupons can help you be a more eco-friendly grocery shopper. If you don’t have a Whole Foods located near you, ask your local grocery stores where they get their produce from!

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