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Buying food from local farms also helps protect green space. Green space is open land in or near a city that does not have houses, schools, or other buildings on it. It could be a farm, a nature preserve, or a park. As cities grow and take over more land, local farms are bought by big companies and developed or turned into shopping malls, office buildings and housing developments. Every minute, two acres of farmland is lost in the United States. That’s about the size of two football fields!

Farmers are much less likely to sell their land if they have a successful farm. So, by buying local produce you are supporting local farmers and helping them to keep their business as well as to keep their land an open, green space. This is important because green space provides homes to different animals, plants and insects, and is a place we can go to enjoy nature’s beauty.