And When you go to a restaurant you pay for more than just food. Understanding that is what made Eliot Thompson start his Brewery 3 miles from Ames
In the past, the prices of food in rural area were so different when compared to cities. Farmers needed customers and localization did not have as many benefits. Co-ops emerged and ensured that everybody gets the same value - in terms of transportation and other monetary values. The system therefore becomes industrialized. Grocery stores poped up with only one supplier. A huge disconnect began to occur and people started to realize where their food was coming from. This led to the emergence of the local food movement.
Aspects of the local food movement include:
Farm to Folk
CSA- Les Swing Acres
This movement allows consumers to meet their farmers. They get to connect with what they eat and invest in a more healthy way of life. There is a sharing of food as opposed to a trading of food.
In this way the three aspects of sustainability are met. The food is grown organically - which means the food, soil and environment are kept clean. The food is sold within the community and the farmers prepare the produce for the community. This implies that money stays within in the community meeting social justice and economic stability.
Go ORGANIC! And GO LOCAL.
But this brings some very interesting questions to the surface. What would happen if Walmart and other huge grocery stores started going organic? Local produce would get affected significantly but the environment would replenish.What unintended consequences does local food farming create? If all places in the US allowed only for local produce and if only certain soil types allowed for certain crops to grow, wouldn't travelling long distances to get the local food you desire cause pollution and affect the world negatively? Essentially, at what point does local and organic start affecting other aspects negatively? What is the true path to sustainability?
I am going to dig deeper into this topic!So keep an eye out to see what I find.