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.”
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