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July 24, 2016

Eating Local Doesn't Work In A Country of 300 Million +

Foodie localism loves farming in theory, but not in practice | While local food has emerged as an alternative to industrial food, many people have simply transferred their expectations from the grocery store to the farmers’ market.
Consumers still expect a global array of products, despite natural restrictions in season or geography. Additionally, emotional expectations surrounding food have increased. People want to imagine chickens free-ranging in a pasture without knowing anything about their deaths. They want their farmers to be simple, iconic food heroes. It is awkward to burst the bubble of this romantic image by raising issues that will make or break the entire movement: wells running dry, the ballooning stress of our producers, the fact that farmer suicide rates are twice that of the general population.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 24, 2016 10:36 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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For yet another liberal dilemma, don't forget the part about local marijuana growers polluting the water table.

Posted by: Rob De Witt [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 24, 2016 5:18 PM

Glad you reported this. Local sounds all cool and squishy. Trust the market, instead.

Posted by: Casey Klahn [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 24, 2016 10:30 PM

And then there was the young lady who asked me, in December, where she could find the locally grown bananas.

Posted by: Greg Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 25, 2016 11:32 AM

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