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Buying local has many benefits. But while consumers may know that buying local helps grow the local economy by supporting local business owners and creating jobs, they may not realize the positive impact that buying local can have on the environment as well. Eco-conscious consumers often go to great lengths to ensure their money is being spent in an environmentally friendly way. But one of the easiest ways to be an ecofriendly consumer is to support local businesses, which tend to benefit the environment in a variety of ways. Shopping locally reduces the environmental impact of your purchases. When buying from a large national chain store, chances are the products you?re purchasing were produced outside of your local community, oftentimes halfway across the globe. That means those products had to be shipped to reach the store shelves in your community. Such shipping leads to greater fuel consumption and air pollution. But local businesses often buy their supplies from other local businesses, cutting down on shipping and, as a result, benefitting the environment. Local businesses often operate from the center of town. Local businesses typically need less space for their stores, which allows them to set up shop right in the heart of town as opposed to on the town?s outskirts. That makes local businesses more accessible to community residents, who might be able to walk or take a short bike ride to smaller, local businesses. On the contrary, larger chains tend to diversify their offerings and, as a result, need more space. This often pushes them to the fringes of towns, eliminating the possibility of walking to the store. That means consumers will have to drive to the store, increasing their fuel consumption and their carbon footprint as a result. Shopping locally employs your neighbors, reducing their carbon footprints as well. Another benefit to shopping locally that?s often overlooked is the impact it can have on your neighbors? carbon footprint. 519-925-3138 705-428-4444 Jeff Paul Shane Greg Taylor Gord Scott Local businesses often employ members of the community, which translates to shorter commutes, less highway congestion and less fuel consumption. So while shopping locally reduces your carbon footprint, it?s also helping members of your community reduce their own potentially negative impact on the environment. Shopping locally can protect local wildlife. Many people prefer to buy locally grown foods because they feel such foods are more fresh and buying locally grown foods reduces fuel consumption. Those things are true, but buying locally grown foods also can help protect local wildlife. When local farms can afford to stay in operation, local farmers are far less likely to sell their lands to developers. That can help protect the habitats of local wildlife.


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Cell: 1-705-443-9853 Hwy. 26 3 miles North of Stayner (NC) It has always been said that in order to preserve the environment for future generations, we should recycle, reduce and reuse. Did you know when you buy fresh Canadian mushrooms you are helping to recycle, reduce and reuse? That?s right. Mushrooms have been around for millions of years. When in their natural environment, mushrooms recycle, reduce and reuse forest waste materials. That is precisely what modern farmers do on mushroom farms. Recycle: Canadian mushroom farmers convert agricultural wastes, from wheat and corn fields, horse stables, and poultry barns, into a nutritious food and a valuable soil conditioner. Every year, mushroom growers in Canada recycle at least 245,000 tons of wheat straw, 4,500 tons of stable bedding and 128,000 tons of poultry litter to grow white button, brown and portabella mushrooms. Mushroom farmers also use a lot of water, not only in the composting process, but also to clean and wash the mushroom growing and packing rooms. Most of that water is captured and recycled during the composting process. Any water that is released to the environment is purified through settling beds or man-made wetlands. Reduce: When mushroom farmers use agricultural byproducts they reduce the volume of wastes that, otherwise, may contaminate the environment. If it wasn?t for the mushroom farmers these byproducts might be burned or sent to landfills. Reuse: After the mushrooms have been harvested, the spent mushroom substrate is removed from the growing rooms, sterilized, and sold to landscapers, market gardeners, orchards, flower growers, parks and gardeners as a valuable soil fertilizer/conditioner. Mushrooms really are green! Plus, they are good to eat and goodfor you.To learn more about the mushroom farming visit Mushrooms Canada at

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