90% of Americans Could Eat Local

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Knowing where our food comes from is important. The huge corporate industrial farms should scare us. What is done to the land and the animals in that type of farming is unconscionable. We need to support local, small, organic farms that feed people locally. Of course it will require a change in diet. It means eating real food instead of processed and packaged food like substitutes. Urban farming and local sustainability will take center stage. The old says goes, you need a doctor, a lawyer, and policeman once in a while, but you need a farmer 3 times a day. Get to know yours well. And…grow some of your own.

The popularity of “farm to table” has skyrocketed in the past few years as people become more interested in supporting local farmers and getting fresher food from sources they know and trust. Even large chain restaurants are making efforts to source supplies locally, knowing more customers care where their food comes from.

Farmers markets are popping up in new places, food hubs are ensuring regional distribution, and the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill supports local production—for good reason, too,” Campbell said. “There are profound social and environmental benefits to eating locally.”

Local food potential has declined over time, which Campbell said was an expected finding, given limited land resources and growing populations and sub-urbanization.

The surprise, though, was how much potential still remains.

Most areas of the country could feed between 80 percent and 100 percent of their populations with food grown or raised within 50 miles. Campbell used data from a farmland-mapping project funded by the National Science Foundation and information about land productivity from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

With additional support from the University of California Global Food Initiative, he found there is enough land to assure that eating locally doesn’t have to be a passing fad.

“These results are very timely with respect to increasing interests by the public in community-supported agriculture, as well as improving inefficiencies in the food-energy-water nexus,” said Bruce Hamilton, program director for NSF.

Eat Local Grown is a great place to find more info and motivation on eating locally grown food and supporting local farmers.

Source: Eat Local Grown

Hope you like my picture of a lovely local meal on my table.

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