In other essays I presented data showing that small-scale, local farms aren't always more energy efficient than larger-scale producers, but as far as energy used to distribute food local farms seem to have an advantage.
Articles: local food systems (20)
Years back a pair of planners, Branden Born and Mark Purcell, warned that there's nothing about smaller scale enterprises that make them inherently more efficient than their larger counterparts. With respect to on-farm energy intensity, they're certainly right.
The question of whether locally distributed food requires more or less fuel in its delivery revolves around how we define local.
The fact is, a local food economy requires more than just farmers and their customers: it also requires people like Morris and Fred, two of the unsung heroes of this particular local food system.
What does “local” mean when you live on a remote farm or ranch?
‘How can anyone say that food is too cheap when food prices are actually going up?’
...the beauty of Kaua'i is legendary. Yet most of the roughly one million visitors...don't realize that Kaua'i grows only a small fraction of the food that's eaten here.
On a recent CUESA farm tour, an eager group of strawberry enthusiasts embarked on an adventure to Dirty Girl Produce and Happy Girl Kitchen Co. to learn about growing, picking, and preserving strawberries.
There are many socio-economic reasons for supporting local food.
Imagine what your community would look like if the vacant lots, patches of half-dead, boring old lawn, and sidewalk beds were thriving, beautiful gardens filled with veggies, flowers and herbs. Doesn't that sound nice? Want to get involved with making it happen? Welcome to the world of guerrilla …