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Monday, October 29, 2012

Local Food Systems

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What are local food systems?

Local food systems are networks of farms, commercial kitchens, grocers, trucks and warehouses that primarily or exclusively serve a single metro area or a single region in a state, often employing tens of thousands of people.
Local food systems are generally made up of small, locally-owned companies, with owners who care about the quality of the foods they’re producing, the people they’re employing and the communities they’re sustaining.
Local food systems produce foods that don’t use chemical byproducts of corn & soybeans, like high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, and other junk that very clearly makes people unhealthy.
Local food systems produce meat that hasn’t been pumped full of growth hormones and fed a diet of corn and raised in a colossal sea of waste, which also very clearly makes people unhealthy.
Local food systems are built on polyculture agriculture (farmers raising multiple crops, instead of one commodity-crop) which is much better for the soil and natural ecosystems.
Local food systems spawn Farmers Markets and community gardens in urban neighborhoods which lead to urban renewal and healthier inner cities.
Local food systems produce food that’s fresher and tastes better when it gets to your plate.

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