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In the News (Tue 22 Jan 19)

  Local food
Local is often defined in the view of ecology, trying to see food production from the perspective of a basic ecological unit defined by its climate, soil, watershed, species and local agrisystems[?], unit also called ecoregion.
Local food is also often interpreted as being organic food, or food produced by farmers who adopt sustainable and human practices, while non-local food are often seen as encouraging corporations, heavy subsidies, poor animal welfare, lack of care for the environment, and poor working conditions.
The first impact of a local food system would be to minimize food transport distance, from the farm to the comsumer house, hence reducing the amount of fossil fuel used up and CO2 emissions released in the atmosphere.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/lo/Local_food.html   (1080 words)

 Local food - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Local food is also often interpreted as being organic, or produced by farmers who adopt sustainable and humane practices, while non-local food is often seen as a result of corporate management policies, heavy subsidies, poor animal welfare, lack of care for the environment, and poor working conditions.
As large food corporations and supermarket distribution steadily dominate the organic food market, the concept of local food, and sometimes 'sustainable food', is increasingly being used by independent farmers, food activists, and consumers to refine the definition of organic food and organic agriculture.
Also, because local food tends to be fresh (or minimally processed, such as cheese and milk), as opposed to processed food, the bias against processed food is often at least implicit in the local food argument.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Local_food_movement   (1899 words)

 Wikinfo | Local food
Critics also say that local food tends to be more expensive to the consumer than regular food and could never provide the variety of foods currently available (such as having summer vegetables available in winter, or having kinds of food available which can not be locally produced due to soil or climate conditions).
Local food is often equated with organic food
Local food is also often interpreted as being organic, or produced by farmers who adopt sustainable and human practices, while non-local food is often seen as a result of corporations, heavy subsidies, poor animal welfare, lack of care for the environment, and poor working conditions.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Local_food   (1571 words)

 Boston.com / A&E / Dining/Food / Think globally, eat locally
The way backers of the "local food" movement see it, it's the next big thing for the ecologically conscious consuming produce, dairy, and meats from farms within a state or a region or a part of the country, just as long as the products haven't had to be shipped great distances.
Local food is not necessarily organic food, and the local food movement is distinct as well from the slow food movement, which has its roots in Italy and champions home-cooked meals made from local raw materials, with nothing pre-processed.
The sole standard for local food is that the salad in your bowl doesn't come from a farm thousands of miles away, or from another country.
boston.com /ae/food/articles/2004/08/15/think_globally_eat_locally?...   (493 words)

 Local food's challenges and opportunities
It is a movement to restore rural areas, enrich poor nations, return wholesome foods to cities and reconnect suburbanites with the land by reclaiming lawns, vacant lots and former industrial sites to use as local gardens, orchards, and farms.
It is the largest organized movement against culinary imperialism, but draws its energy not so much from what it is against as what it is for‹preservation of the social value of good food in connecting people with each other, their communities and their land.
Control of the food system has been largely lost to a dwindling number of companies; most farming regions have abandoned crop diversity; and most shoppers have forgotten what to do with food that is not already prepared, packaged and ready to serve.
www.organicconsumers.org /btc/local-food.cfm   (4243 words)

 International Society for Ecology and Culture
Local food markets by their very nature create consumer demand for a wide range of products that are valued for their taste and nutritional contant, rather than the ability to withstand the rigours of long-distance transport and to conform to supermarket specifications.
The local food economy is the root and fibre of the entire rural economy, and efforts to strengthen it thus have systemic benefits that reach far beyond the local food chain itself.
Fresh, local food for all may be one of the most rewarding — and certainly the most delicious — results of the battle against globalisation.
www.isec.org.uk /articles/reclaiming.html   (2351 words)

 Home grown - event highlights local food options   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Local farms, chefs and businesses donated all the food for the event, and many additional items for a raffle.
The focus of the March 30 event was on sharing the interesting, exciting and entertaining aspects of the local food movement through the stories of farmers, chefs and others.
The post-dinner panel of speakers, representing chefs, farmers, community activists, and food delivery businesses, were asked to share how they got into working with local food, and what choices people can make to support a local food system.
ballardnewstribune.com /articles/2006/04/12/news/local_news/news02.txt   (783 words)

 ARPA: The Culture and Politics of Organic Food
The organic agriculture and food movement emerged in Australia and elsewhere during the early part of the twentieth century, as a critique of industrial farming methods and the fragmentation of consumers from sites of food production.
In its place, movement members proposed organic farming methods — including the use of biological cycles, crop rotations and companion planting — and the distribution of food through local food networks (Belasco 1993, James 1993, Lyons 2001).
Food processors and supermarkets continue to demand the standardised produce typical of industrial farming systems, denying the seasonal and other variations that organic farming systems traditionally embrace.
www.australianreview.net /digest/2001/10/lyons.html   (2769 words)

 Local vs. Imported Food   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
local food is in opposition to the ideas of global free trade.
Critics argue that by convincing consumers in developed nations not to buy food produced in the third world, the local food movement damages the economy of third world nations, which often rely heavily on food exports and cash crop.
Local food tends to be more expensive to the consumer than regular food and could never provide the variety of foods currently available.
srufaculty.sru.edu /cornelius.cosgrove/Local.htm   (121 words)

 Local Food | Worldwatch Institute
I am talking about eliminating that food shipping that is completely unnecessary and highly wasteful--sending fresh tomatoes and salad mix around the planet in refrigerated cargo jets, or importing and exporting large quantities of the same commodity.
Smaller farmers selling into local markets may not need to be certified, because they can speak directly to their customers, answer any questions, and build up some face-to-face trust--one of the major advantages of eating local.
One of the advantages of eating local is it allows you to speak with the farmers (or someone connected to the farmer) and find out exactly how the food was grown, and perhaps have some control over that food by trying to convince the farmer to go organic or stop injecting their livestock with hormones.
www.worldwatch.org /node/1520   (2962 words)

 The Virtues of Local Food | Worldwatch Institute
Local communities are increasingly resisting the multinational food conglomerates that control and shape global food production and distribution, reports Brian Halweil in the May/June 2003 edition of World Watch.
The long-term effects of shifting to more food self-sufficiency would include holding onto more foreign exchange, creating more jobs (assuming the food sector is more labor-intensive than golf course maintenance or alternative land uses), and reinvigorating the native plants and diets of Hawaii.
The benefits of local foods are obvious to some people, yet it seems many businesses prefer convenience over the benefits of local.
www.worldwatch.org /node/1546   (2437 words)

 Local Food, Climate Change and Trade
Fresh, local food is a vision that unites community food security activists, environmentalists, slow food enthusiasts, and small-scale farmers globally.
Reestablishing small farmers’ access to local markets to sell their food is one such policy, and is the proposal put forth by Via Campesina, a network of nearly 100 major small-scale farmer organizations around the world.
Global movements are also taking action to defend and rebuild local food systems, as a strategy for self-reliance, cultural survival, and pro-poor development.
www.organicconsumers.org /BTC/local063005.cfm   (1671 words)

 The dark secrets of Whole Foods By Field Maloney
Whole Foods knows this well, and so the line about the "small family farmers that make up a large percentage of organic food producers" is sneaky.
What Whole Foods does do for local farmers is hang glossy pinups throughout the store, what they call "grower profiles," which depict tousled, friendly looking organic farmers standing in front of their crops.
The organic-food movement is in danger of exacerbating the growing gap between rich and poor in this country by contributing to a two-tiered national food supply, with healthy food for the rich.
www.slate.com /id/2138176   (1983 words)

 FoodRoutes News - FoodRoutes
The movement to support local farms by purchasing locally grown food is sweeping the country.
The Local Food movement is an attempt to support farms by purchasing the products produced on local farms, thus adding income to the farmer and keeping more money in the local economy.
The Local Food Guide is a resource for finding restaurants, grocers, bed and breakfasts and other local food retailers, farmers, tailgate markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms, as well as new categories for apple orchards and U-Pick farms.
www.foodroutes.org /press/article.jsp?item=11   (471 words)

 stolen moments of island time » Buy Local Food   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Food tastes better and is more nutritious when it’s fresh and organic farm foods come to our tables without harmful pesticides.
Encouraged by food processing innovations, cheap oil, and subsidies, since 1961 the value of global trade in food has tripled and the tonnage of food shipped between nations has grown fourfold, while population has only doubled.
Fortunately, the long-distance food habit is beginning to weaken under the influence of a young, but surging, local foods movement.
timethief.wordpress.com /2006/06/25/buy-local-food   (1583 words)

 Local food flourishes with supermarket ban - Slashfood   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The local shops primarily source from local sources, and have not found themselves to be limited in what they can offer their customers.
The locals would rather know where their food is coming from, who is selling it to them and that they are supporting quality food in their community, than save a few pennies on carrots from elsewhere in the world at Tesco.
One thing that I am certain that the locals would rather do is keep their jobs and businesses - which they do by helping the local economy and supporting those businesses, not by eliminating all the functions that would be rolled into one supermarket.
slashfood.com /2006/06/26/local-food-flourishes-with-supermarket-ban   (1223 words)

 Planet Ark : FEATURE - Food Movement Encourages Buying Local
Food miles are the distances comestibles travel from farm to final sale.
They also contend local food is not processed to withstand long journeys and therefore retains more nutrients.
Local food is being served at its jail, juvenile hall and work-release center and the county is creating a system to help institutions such as hospitals follow suit.
www.planetark.org /dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/36870/story.htm   (831 words)

 Maine Foods Network :: Fresh From Field to Fork
Maine's lobster catch is up so far this season, but Whole Foods made news across the country announcing that they would no longer stock live lobsters in their stores because lacks "compassion." Meanwhile, the new lobster hatchery on Deer Isle lost 40,000 juveniles because of an air pump failure earlier in July.
The recent NY Times food section offers her a Bean and Salt Cod Salad With Arugula and Capers as another means of enjoying this taste of late spring.
Fiddlefest, Slow Food Portland's Spring Food Festival is going to be held Sunday, May 21st from 5-8 pm at the SMCC dining hall overlooking Willard Beach in South Portland.
mainefoods.net /index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=140&theme=Printer   (1638 words)

 U.S. Newswire : Releases : "Local Organic Farmers Shake Things Up at Navy Pier"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
In an effort to connect and educate local residents, farmers and tradespeople businesses about the benefits of organic and locally grown food products, the FamilyFarmed.org EXPO takes place on March 6 and 7.
Attendees are invited to continue their participation in the local organic food movement by attending the Gala Celebration and Awards Ceremony following Sunday's daytime events.
The Gala will be hosted by Gale Gand, executive pastry chef and partner at Tru, feature sustainable cuisine prepared by top chefs committed to local food, and include a silent auction and presentations from key leaders in the local organic food movement and beyond.
releases.usnewswire.com /GetRelease.asp?id=43915   (471 words)

 Internet buying clubs combine emerging technologies and community values
Two entrepreneurs committed to the local food movement are about to make their marketing models available to the public.
ith the understanding that more people eating local food means more family farmers upon the land, farmer advocacy groups are becoming smarter about creating opportunities for consumers to buy directly from producers in their regions.
As for getting the food from farmer to customer, Pierson was fortunate in that he was able to partner with a farmer/driver who was already servicing a route for a collective of Amish Farmers.
www.newfarm.org /features/2005/0205/club/index.shtml   (2247 words)

 Cascadia Scorecard Weblog: Eating Close to Home
Because at the other end of the spectrum, the food industry is going global with a vengeance—as Halweil describes in detail, starting with an interesting thumbnail history of the storage, shipping, and hybridization breakthroughs (eg, tough tomatoes) that have led to today’s global supermarket.
Beyond policies and programs to support local farms and farm-to-consumer efforts and to stop sprawl, he proposes systemic shifts to make food prices reflect their true costs, such as tax shifts to discourage sprawl and energy use; and elimination of massive subsidies to big growers of select crops.
Halweil points out—which Whole Foods’ John Mackey echoes in a Grist interview—that consumers are part of the solution and the problem.
cascadiascorecard.typepad.com /blog/2005/01/the_food_less_t.html   (703 words)

 Community Based Projects Lead the Way for Local Food Systems   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
This past month the Local Food Task Force held a forum with a number of emerging local food project organizers from across the state.
In Waterloo, Iowa State Extension is supporting development of a local food system team that is already paying dividends in cross agency cooperation.
The Women, Food, and Agriculture Network is facilitating conversations with legislators to initiate support for small producers through local food strategies.
www.agriculture.state.ia.us /press/press100.htm   (370 words)

 Notepad / Mountain Xpress / mountainx.com
The Local Food Guide is compiled and printed yearly by ASAP, a community-based nonprofit working to support farms and rural communities.
The latest food movement to sprout up in Asheville actually precedes modern dietary practices by about 100,000 years.
Before early humans learned to use fire, they ate their food raw – and some nutritionists maintain that this is still the most natural way for us to eat.
www.mountainx.com /news/2003/0702notepad.php   (1862 words)

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