There are many reasons that I'm passionate about getting (preferably organic) fresh food from local farms. Not only does it have waaayyyyy more nutrients, but it supports local agriculture in a way that I think is vital to our country. Not depending on huge farms trying to feed the world puts us in a stronger position to be self-sufficient both on an individual and national level.
Plus, I am sentimental and believe that the decline of family farms is a cultural misfortune. Who wants to go for a "country" drive in the suburbs? But that's what is happening, because too many farmers can't afford to keep farming unless we support them.
I truly believe that changing the way we eat (ie, less grocery store junk) would drastically impact our overall health and well-being.
However, to my chagrin I stopped trying to eat local when the farmer's market shut down for the year. I mean, it's hard, and it takes planning, and I thought I didn't have enough money for it. It's all true, and for a lot of people. That's why I've decided to use 2009 as a "trial" year, in which I explore ways and options to eat healthful local food even on a budget. My first step? Planting our container garden and possibly even marketing some of that in the small town where we live. I intend to see just how far I can take this.
As a heads up, while I plan on going all the way . . . milk, meat, fruit/veggies, honey, flour, etc, I don't think I'm able to give up chocolate. Rather than allowing my local eating beliefs become something akin to a radical religious lifestyle, I choose to look at it as a series of better choices--not an all or nothing stance.
It will be baby steps for a while, but major changes usually are. I think it will be interesting to see how it turns out though. :)