FamilyFarmed Conference To Explore: Does Good Food = Local Food?
By Bob Benenson, FamilyFarmed
“Good Food movement” and “Local Food movement” are virtually synonymous to a lot of people. No surprise, really. Locally grown produce, picked at the peak of maturity, tends to be super tasty. Much research shows fresher food maintains more nutrients than food sold weeks after harvest. And bigger markets for local farmers help stimulate economic and job growth.
Many consumers identify Good Food as local because they buy directly from producers at farmers markets and through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions. And retail demand for local food is fueling the development of indoor-growing technologies, which enable year-round production of items such as tomatoes, greens and herbs in places (such as our hometown of Chicago) where the outdoor growing season runs about six months.
Yet… that same rising tide of consumer demand for Good Food is prompting more and more retailers, wholesalers and chefs to think globally while they act locally. And this is forcing a reconsideration of whether Good Food = local food all the time. Read more…