Why Shop "Local & Organic"?

* Why Shop Local?
         --- Click link above to read a summary from the website Buy Local Central Wisconsin

1 "Local & Organic" builds connections and relationships
         --- "Local & Organic" begs a fun yet mature question:
         "If we are what we eat, can we also be where we eat?"
         - Creating relationships with local farmers, producers, bakers, and growers.
         - Feeding your family and friends more good food with more taste, nutrients, and vitamins, in part...
            ...because the distance from "farm to table" is shorter.
         - Supporting local and regional farmers and producers
            ...demonstrates the benefits in strong long-term relationships with your local food & farm economy.

2 "Local & Organic" offers long-term sustainability and accountablity
         --- "Local & Organic" supports environment-friendly farming principles:
         Sincere respect towards the land, water, soil, and long-view decision-making.
         - Farming that follows stringent standards and third-party certification.
         - Feeding our region using responsible and respectful methods, in part...
            ...assures that food is grown, produced, and handled according to strict procedures.
         - Downtown Grocery.com from its inception has followed and initiated earth-friendly practices
         - Regarding sustainability, Co-owner Kevin Korpela was interviewed on WAOW Channel 9 News in
            ...Organic food no healthier than conventional?
            ...Korpela commented on a new study suggesting organic is no healthier than conventional.
            ...The study didn't look at the big-picture, such as pesticides, key nutrients or
            ...when organically-grown plants defend against stress and disease because the plants
            ...build higher levels of antioxidants and polyphenols...Then of course the humans benefit.

3 "Local & Organic" means more local dollars
         --- "Local & Organic" keeps more local dollars for our local economy:
         Financially supporting your local "...butcher, baker or kombucha-maker..."!
         - Making local choices for "this and that" good or service supports our neighbors and our friends.
         - "Feeding" family and friends more local goods and services builds financially our region, in part...
            ...because more dollars spent here stay here.
         - Regarding more local dollars, Co-owner Kevin Korpela is interviewed on WSAW Channel 7 News in
            ...Buying Locally Can Boost Your Local Economy. The report outlined how you can get...
            ...the local economy into an upswing through buying from independently owned stores...
            ...as it pumps 20 percent more money back into your community than buying from a big box.

4 "Local & Organic" is also about eating from where you live.
         --- Architect Kevin Korpela, Co-owner Downtown Grocery, wrote an essay in 2007 about eating local:
         You are where you eat, so eat where you are