Why Buy Idaho’s Bounty?

TO SAVOR RICH, FULL FLAVORED, FRESHLY PICKED, NUTRITIOUS FOOD

Standard commercial food travels over 1500 miles to reach your store shelves, losing its nutritional value and flavor in transport. The average grocery store vegetable is a week old on arrival and often requires preservatives.

Locally grown food, picked at the family farm, is immediately delivered to your table where its taste and nutritional value are at their peak. Enjoy unique and flavorful heirloom varieties unavailable in mass-produced and long-hauled shipped food.

TO ENSURE A SAFE AND SECURE FOOD SUPPLY

The diversity of a local food system and the ability to know each producer’s practices ensures a safer supply of healthy food. Supporting local farmers and renewing rural small-scale agriculture helps guarantee a consistent flow of food to local communities year round. Most mass-produced foods are heavily treated with chemicals, hormones, antibiotics and/or are genetically modified or engineered. Knowing the practices of the farmers you buy your food from ensures a healthy, reliable and safe food supply.

TO ENSURE CLEAN AIR, WATER, AND THE PROTECTION OF RICH TRADITIONAL CULTURES

By reducing our carbon footprint, using renewable energy sources for transportation, limiting delivery miles, and promoting sustainable, ethical farming practices, we ensure the long-term preservation of our land and health of our communities. Our producers are good stewards of their land, using only sustainable and/or organic practices.

A tremendous amount of fossil fuels are used to transport foods long distances. Combustion of these fuels releases carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and other pollutants into the atmosphere, contributing to global climate change, acid rain, smog and air pollution. The refrigeration required to keep fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meats from spoiling during the long transport also burns up excessive energy.

Food processors use a large amount of paper and plastic packaging to keep food fresh (or at least looking fresh) for a longer period of time. This packaging eventually becomes waste that is difficult if not impossible to reuse or recycle. The industrial farms on which these foods are often produced are also major sources of air and water pollution. Small, local farms tend to be run by farmers who live on their land and work hard to preserve it. Buying local means you can talk directly to the farmer growing your food and find out what they do and how they do it, encouraging them to be responsible stewards of a healthy planet.

TO ENRICH THE LOCAL ECONOMY

Most profits of the industrial food system go to a middle-man or giant agribusiness CEO thousands of miles away. Spending your dollars in the community keeps your money cycling within the local economy, providing a flow of monies and opportunities to a thriving community. Purchasing through Idaho’s Bounty sends dollars directly from consumers to producers, thereby increasing producers’ margins and keeping them afloat. With less family farms going under, these dollars ultimately go to preserve jobs, our open space, a local, healthful food supply and our precious rural communities.

TO BUILD A SELF-SUFFICIENT, CARING COMMUNITY

Knowing those who grow your food, their practices, ethics and cultural heritage helps foster rich and lasting relationships and caring communities. Saving farmers is a prerequisite to saving diversity. Communities that save their agricultural diversity retain their own options for growth and self-reliance. Idaho’s Bounty chose a cooperative form of business as it requires involvement from the community.