Locally Grown
by John Forster & Tom Chapin
2011 Limousine Music Co. & The Last Music Co. (ASCAP)

If I were an apple I'd be very unhapple
Traveling 4000 miles or more
From far off Tasmania,
In a shipping contain-ia
To a shelf in a New Jersey store.

Why should I be tortured
When some New Jersey orchard
Would be totally thrilled to the core
To pick me and crate me
And load me and freight me
Not 4000 miles, but 4.
An apple should be not far from the tree
Where it ripens in the fall.
Locally grown and locally eaten
Is globally good, good, good for us all.

If I were a berry I expect I'd be very
Contrary and hardly inclined
To get shipped out from Chile
To a store in North Philly,
Hey, I'd have to be out of my mind.
It seems paradoxic and carbon dioxic
That we force all our food to commute
Wasting gallons of fuel,
Which we know isn't cool
For people or planets or fruit.
A berry is fine not far from its vine,
Near the farmer's market stall.
Locally grown and locally eaten
Is globally good, good, good for us all.

So when you're walking the aisle
Past a beautiful pile
Of the fruit you might want to take home,
Do not buy for your table
'Til you check out the label
And determine how far it did roam.
Aside from the karma of helping the farma
Who lives in your county or state.
There is one more good reason
To buy what's in season
The taste is incredibly great!

So keep buying foods from regional dudes,
Keep your carbon footprint small.
Locally grown and locally eaten
Is globally good, good, good for us all.
Good, good, good for us all.


This song appears on Tom Chapin's Give PEAS A Chance CD.

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