Local food can be affordable

In their monthly newsletter, the American Farmland Trust reports that a new study from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture concludes that local food does in fact have very competitive prices compared to non-local super-market varieties. According to the center’s Rich Pirog, “We found that during peak season, produce items at farmers markets were very competitive and in several cases lower than prices for the same non-local items found at supermarkets.” And locally owned businesses involved in food, or “Community Food Enterprises,” are becoming an increasingly important part of the local food and economic development picture.

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