From a community land trust that preserves land for growing, to kitchens and retailers who buy and sell locally grown food, to a new waste management co-op that will return compost to the land, a crop of new businesses and nonprofits are building an integrated food economy.
Articles: local food systems (24)
A new vision for New England's food.
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?’