Why I Buy Local.

Via on May 18, 2011
Photo: Ron Dressel

I buy local as much as possible. Why? Because it is both environmentally and economically responsible, promoting sustainability across the board. This comprehensive, fact-packed infographic from eLocal explains the power of our purchasing power.

Now the question is: will you go for local?

Photo: eLocal

About Erin Schrode

Erin Schrode is a young ecoRenaissance woman. As the “face of the new green generation,” the co-founder and spokeswoman of Teens Turning Green promotes global sustainability, youth leadership, environmental education, and conscious lifestyle choices. After working in disaster response in Haiti, she founded and launched The Schoolbag, a youth education project to provide tools and materials for students in need, as well as initiate active citizenry and environmental stewardship. Erin shares her knowledge as an eco expert on television and the radio, in books, newspapers, magazines, websites, podcasts, and her own ecoRenaissance blog and twitter feed. She speaks frequently, serves on panels, and hosts events, shows, conferences, summits, and videos to raise public awareness about environmental and social responsibility for individuals, schools, and communities. Erin is in her second year as a DEANS Scholar at New York University—currently studying abroad in the Middle East, after a term in West Africa—majoring in Cross-Cultural Diplomacy and Communications.

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4 Responses to “Why I Buy Local.”

  1. pjc says:

    I think that diagram is the classic example of a "a little knowledge is dangerous"­. The amount of misdirecti­on there is as numerous as the graphic is misleading­.

    Fact is – the food distributi­on network is pretty gosh darn efficient. Air travel is very little used, especially for frozen food.

    Ship travel is incredibly efficient. Yeah, the ships are big – so what? They pack them full. Anyone that starts to rail on the enviornmen­tal impact of transocean­ic shipping is truly clueless.

    Hey Erin Shrode, do you drive a car? Fly on planes, just for fun? Thought so. So quit harshing on my frozen mango

    • elephantjournal says:

      Good points, could be a great discussion. Def great quote: quit "harshing on my frozen mango." But don't you find that shopping local might be a good way to offset necessary plane travel?

      I do, and I ride a bike, and I'd love some of your mango. ~ W.

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