Pick of the Day: Bringing the Food Home: Local Food and Agricultural Systems

In Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of a growing number of winter farmers' markets. (Photo: Tory Field)

In Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of a growing number of winter farmers’ markets. (Photo: Tory Field)

“Some advocates are strict in their commitment to local sourcing, envisioning an entirely local diet. Others believe that if something can’t be grown in a region and is imported, the price should more closely reflect the true costs, including the environmental impacts of transporting the far-flung food.

Taken alone, “local” or “organic” doesn’t necessarily equate “sustainable.” Local foods can be grown with heavy pesticides or without respecting workers’ rights. And today we have the Walmart-ization of organics, which replicates some of the same destructive practices of industrial agriculture. An increasing amount of organic produce is grown on industrial-sized farms, utilizing harmful practices like monocropping and poor water and soil management, and more of it is being shipped around the globe.”

via Bringing the Food Home: Local Food and Agricultural Systems.

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