Let’s start with the obvious, that food grown locally will have spent less time travelling the world and therefore be fresher than its international counterparts. If you buy a tomato that has been grown locally there is less chance that it was picked unripe and has spent its last couple of weeks turning red while travelling the high seas.
By eating local produce, you will also be eating seasonally and getting the best and most nutritious foods when they are naturally ripe. Whilst this is good for your nutrition it is also great for the environment as eating seasonally can help in protecting our soils and UK soil stores approximately 10 billion tonnes of carbon!
Finally, by eating local produce you are literally investing in your local community. If you buy and eat food from local producers, the money you spend goes straight into the local economy and keeps them producing great tasting food for you and your family.