Why Does Going Local Matter?

The small-town professions have suffered a while from the introduction of mass merchandising stores (like Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s) and chain restaurants. Even some supermarket chains get their food from mass producing farms. But, since the local farm and food movement that started in the past few years, things have changed. Even some of the richest celebrities (who can be found at websites like http://richestcelebrities.bio) are putting their hats in the ring and letting people know that buying local is a great idea and can really help people and the economy in many different ways.

If you don’t know about the local foods movement, it’s focused on improving the lives of farmers who are not part of the mass production food movement. Local farmers have suffered for awhile because of the above listed. Wal-Mart has finally decided to jump on the bandwagon of the local food movement. They claim that they plan on spending approximately $1 billion a year on expanding their local foods marketing, putting more local produce and meats into their stores.

So, why do youcare about this? Well, this movement is a big step toward helping local economies. Think about the trickledown effect this causes.

1.    Your local store buys local produce from a local farmer. That local farmer is doing a lot of work to start with, and they are someone that is really putting a lot into your local industries, no matter

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2.    That local farmer then has more income.

–    Because they have more income, they are able to support other local businesses, either by buying the things they need for their families or for their farm.

–    Because they have more income, they are also able to keep the farm.

3.    The businesses that they are buying from are able to stay open and keep employees because they are generating income. This helps your local area and allows you to keep going local as time goes on.

And the cycle continues over and over again. The fact that larger chain stores are starting to buy from locals is great for the economy. Notice that the economy has been more stable when we’ve been less about “more for cheap” and more about helping each other. And that can be a big deal when you’re trying to keep the economy as steady as possible.

Community has lost its significance in recent years, and I believe that has a part to play in our current economic issues. In some areas, especially larger cities, gone are the days of “I know the barber and he introduced me to my butcher and..” Instead it’s “I went to the mall today and I got my hair cut, my nails done, I got all of my clothes shopping done and then went to the grocery store down the street to get my groceries for a week.” The personal-ness has gone to the wayside for cheaper goods, and a lot of people have suffered for it.

Cures from the Cabinets

There are a variety of home remedies that are probably hiding in your spice cabinets right now. Not that you should rely on your home spices in place of formal medical care, but you may be surprised at what you do have and what it can do. The first and most obvious spice most people have on hand is fresh garlic.

Garlic is a perfect first example because it is the number one germ killer in the kitchen. Sure, it does give you bad breath, but isn’t that better than a sore throat or a cold? For thousands of years, garlic has been used to ward off all kinds of infections, well before antibiotics were even available. Do a bit of research on it and find out the health benefits of garlic. Notice that many of them have to do with warding off some nasty diseases and even such things as parasites.

Another interesting thing you may have in your spice collection or maybe even growing in your spice garden is oregano. This lovely herb can be used as a health support during infections and can also help your lungs to open up more and dispel mucous. Naturally, if you have a serious problem, you should seek the advice and care of a healthcare professional. This is something you can do in the interim. Simply make a tea from the oregano, simmering for about three minutes or so. Strain it off, cool it down and drink it. You will immediately feel the spice go to work.

Thyme is another important one that we usually have hanging around the cabinets or in the garden. This herb has many uses similar to oregano. It is known to support a healthy reaction to viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. It can be useful for colds and respiratory ailments and also for digestive upset.