The Commonwealth Quality Program was designed to help consumers find and purchase local products. Why is “buying local” good for our environment and for the communities of Massachusetts?

The advances in refrigeration and transport have made it possible for people to buy products from nearly anywhere in the world for almost the same price as local food! Recently, the “Buy Local” movement has taken off to help consumers focus their attention on purchasing food and other products from their community.

Cut down on your “food-miles”1

So why is it so important to buy local food? One of the primary reasons to buy local products is to cut down on resource use. Most food products in the US travel an average of 1500 miles to reach your plate! Many products require refrigeration during their transport, meaning that buying an apple from California if you live in Massachusetts consumes a lot more resources than buying locally.  

Support your local economy

Although a lot of the “Buy Local” movement originated as an environmental initiative, the benefits of buying local extend to our local economies as well! Every time you purchase locally you are ensuring that your dollars stay within the community, instead of being spent on economies abroad. This allows local businesses to create more jobs and re-invest in the community.

Finally, by supporting local economies and reducing our impact on the environment, we’re helping to support small businesses that embody the spirit of Massachusetts. With over 7,000 farms across the Commonwealth that provide a variety of fresh produce year-round, it’s easier than ever to buy local in Massachusetts!
Buy local food, and support your community and environment!

Explore the links below to discover why buying local is important for each sector!

Local Dairy Products
Local Forestry Products
Local Produce
Local Aquaculture
Local Lobster


Pirog & Benjamin. Checking the Food Odometer: Comparing Food Miles for Local Versus ConventionalĀ  Produce Sales to Iowa Instituations. Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. July, 2003.

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