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Articles: local food systems (23)
Local food is nothing new in Appalachia...but the tradition of self-sufficiency has nearly died out
Simply put, in October you’re invited to join an experiment: can you, for just 10 days, eat only what grows within 100 miles of your home?
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.
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.