Buy Local

I have heard a lot to buy local, it is better for the environment because there is less transportation involved, supports the local economy, and tends to be organic. I had one problem with that, there was not a good selection of local produce at the local grocery store. It was hit or miss on finding anything grown locally. I have been encouraged to see that both local grocery stores have increased their organic produce sections. But buying organic was only part of what I was looking for. Well today I came across an article regarding Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA), I had heard something along these lines but had not bothered to research it much. I was interested in finding a local farm to support after reading the article, I was wondering if any such farms even existed in Arizona. I knew we had farms out here, but had never seen any with diverse produce. So, how does one find a local farm to buy produce from? I googled it and found a website that allows you to search by zip code or state:
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Bottled Water

I thought for my first blog post I would introduce you to one of my biggest pet peeves: disposable, plastic water bottles.  According to a July/August 2007 Fast Company Article, Americans spent more money last year on bottled water than on ipods or movie tickets: $15 billion.  That figure is staggering to me.  If the water we use at home cost what even cheap bottled water costs, our monthly water bills would run $9,000.  (Fast Company, July/August, 2007)  Now I think drinking water is very important I try hard to drink my 64 ounces a day.  Those of you who see me on a regular basis know that my pink Camelbak water bottle goes pretty much everywhere with me.  I am not against drinking water, I am for more responsible ways of drinking water, such as in a glass or reusable water bottle.  I did the basic math on my most recent water bill to figure out how much my water costs.  I have a basic water delivery charge of $25.00 and a usage charge of $9.66 for a total of $34.66.  We used a total of 4,714 gallons of water.  That comes to $.00735 per gallon of water, much cheaper than $.99 for 16 ounces from a bottle.  That means it cost me a mere $.0013776 to fill up my 24 ounce bottle.  I’ll put my math in so you don’t think I am crazy.  (128 ounces per gallon, .00735/128=.0000574 per ounce, .0000574 * 24 = .0013776)

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