“Community-supported agriculture”: Locally-grown food is in demand

Typically, farming is seen in rural areas, but urban and suburban locations are beginning to produce, sell and consume food locally. And, there is an increased demand for locally-grown food in urban and suburban areas, so many people are interested in starting small farms without moving to stereotypical “farm land.”

The Daily Democrat states that not even 3 percent of locally-grown food remains local. The solution lies in creating better modes of distribution to local markets. The 2014 Farm Bill includes $78 million that will go toward developing local networks and methods of distribution.

These urban and suburban farms will create jobs and provide an opportunity for better-quality food to be produced and distributed.

From The Daily Democrat:

“The growing local food movement is sometimes portrayed as a quaint, but not particularly serious business, but there are examples of it fostering economic development, creating jobs and improving the quality and security of food all over the country.”

Related story: Breaking: President signs 2014 farm bill

Via: The Daily Democrat > A new vision for urban farming

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2 Comments

  1. Seasoned_Citizen says:

    Good read; of course locally-grown produce is in demand.

    Go to the “big box” grocers and get 1 maybe 2 varieties of fruits or vegetables, which can lay on the shelves for weeks without spoiling. tomatoes like “pink tennis balls” from Mexico.

    Buy good organic foods.

    P.S.
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  2. Laurie H. says:

    I like the fact that locally grown food has only positive sides of a coin. You can be sure organic food is gluten-free, GMO-free, without any substitutes and much healthier when compared to massively produced food from supermarkets. In addition, purchasing from local producers, you directly support free trade, community well-being, job creation and enhance the opportunity to produce high-quality food. I believe the US Farm Bill brings much support to farmers communities and thereby to citizens who favour buying local products. Being from Canada, I sincerely hope we get inspired by this kind of thinking. I myself try to shop at markets as much as I can to pick up fresh in-season food. Toronto is blessed to have plenty options for that. Couple of recommendations, whenever in Toronto have a walk around these: Top 10 Places in Toronto to Buy Local Food.

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