Eat Local – Buy Local – Grow Local – Sell Local

Support Local Economy and Community

When you purchase food from a local farmer or local business, the money you spend stays in the local economy and helps to strengthen the economy and community ties.

Food and farming are the roots of sustainable near-urban and rural communities. Supporting the local food and farming system helps make our communities more sustainable – economically, socially, environmentally and culturally.

The local multiplier effect means that 45 cents of every dollar spent locally is reinvested in the community, ensuring that you maximize impact. (Yes Magazine, 2010 http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/go-local/the-local-multiplier-effect) This reinvestment supports not only businesses, but community organizations.

There are 11.5 million people eating in Ontario. If 5 million Ontarians spent $10 of their grocery budget on local foods each week, there would be a $3 billion influx into the local economy each year. ( Based on research by Lewis A. Soroka, Professor of Economics, Brock University,  lsoroka@brocku.ca  – through Sustain Ontario)