Phoenix: Eat, live, buy local

According to Kimber Lanning, founder of non-profit organization Local First Arizona:

For every dollar spent at a locally owned business, more than 73 cents stays in the local economy for necessities such as education, ballparks, police and fire, and public arts.

Kimber Lanning

  • If that same dollar is spent at a chain restaurant or business less than half stays in the local economy.
  • Farmers’ markets enable farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer.
  • Buying direct from a farmer sends 90 percent¬†of those food dollars back to the farm.
  • Supporting local businesses creates more local jobs.
  • Local businesses provide benefits and support local charities
  • Economically, communities benefit more from small farms, than they do from large ones.
  • Small farms re-invest more money into local economies by purchasing feed, seed and other materials from local businesses. Large farms tend to order in bulk from distant companies.
  • If you support local three times the money stays local than if you support big chain corporations.

Map of businesses in the Phoenix area who are members of Local First Arizona


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