Our next benefit of buying local is nutritional value. While eating a piece of fruit flown from another country rather than a home-made pie from local apples is better for your health, most times it is better to eat fruit grown closer to you. (Sorry, you probably thought we were going to give you a reason to eat that whole pie, besides that fact that it will be scrumptious.) When fresh produce is expected to last an entire 1,500-mile trip, there are things the packages must do, to ensure it gets there before it goes bad. One of the things they do to keep the fruit lasting longer, is to pick the produce before it is ripe. Then, so it is beautiful for you at the grocery store, they gas the food so that the food is ready when it gets to the grocery store.