Greensboro News and Record reporter Morgan Josey Glover in the article “Initiatives for local food have costs, too” writes that there are many questions about the benefits of a local food economy.
Glover raises several issues:
- reduced fossil fuel use,
- a richer and healthier food culture and
- better economic security for farmers
I have to take issue with the reporter’s findings:
As to reduced fossil fuel use – walk into any supermarket and look at the labels showing where fruits and vegetables were grown and consider the miles it took to ship them vs the miles food traveled from area farmers to the local farmers market.
As to the richer and healthier food culture – consider the benefits of locally grown organic produce vs the kind of produce that is grown to be shipped and transported
As to better economic security for farmers, bigger is not necessarily better or more assuring of humane or environmentally friendly actions. Would you prefer to live next door to a small farm or CAFO?
The article missed the opportunity to note that the USDA has its 10th annual celebration of farmers markets this week.
On the other hand, it was nice to see a reference to the local food systems bill, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, the 400 people who took part in the “Farm to Fork” summit in May and the plans to publish a final state action plan by September.
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