Local food is more than healthier, it’s even more than tasty.
It’s also local economy and local community.
In the U.K., small local shops are being replaced by big-box supermarkets.
A widespread argument for this conversion is that consumers get
Peter Wilby wrote in the Guardian 3 May 2011 about
why that’s not good enough:
Even the “good for consumers” defence of the big stores requires
scrutiny. Supermarkets may offer mangoes and kiwi fruit as a blessed
relief to generations who recall the surly greengrocer grunting “no
demand for it” when asked for anything out of the ordinary. But the
option to buy locally grown produce is increasingly closed off; many
varieties of English fruit disappeared long ago. Supermarkets stock food
not for its taste, but for its longevity and appearance. Conventional
economists count numbers, assuming that a huge increase in toilet roll
colours represents an unqualified gain to the consumer. They neglect
more subtle dimensions of choice.
The central issue, however, is whether “what the consumer wants” should
close down the argument. What people want as consumers may not be what
they want as householders, community members, producers, employees or
entrepreneurs. The loss of small shops drains a locality’s economic and
social capital. Money spent in independent retail outlets tends to stay
in the community, providing work for local lawyers and accountants,
plumbers and decorators, window cleaners and builders.
In two months, less than 60 days away, Wiregrass Power LLC is supposed to
break ground on the biomass facility in Lowndes County. By now, they are
supposed to have contracts with power companies to sell the electricity
to and with suppliers to purchase the wood waste. They have neither,
nor does the company have an agreement with the city of Valdosta to
purchase the wastewater from the sewage treatment plant.
And yet the folks at the Industrial Authority appear to be rather
nonchalant about the fact that this company has yet again broken its
agreement. They have the power to renogiate the terms of the agreement and
they also have the power to cancel it, but neither is happening. Instead,
they are giving the company all the leeway they need to continue dragging
this project along that the community doesn’t want.
U.S. sales of organic foods and beverages grew from $1 billion in 1990
to $24.8 billion in 2009,
according to the Organic Trade Association.
The sector saw double-digit growth — often more than 20 percent —
every year over the past decade except 2009, at the tail-end of the
recession. Even then, organic sales rose 5.9 percent from the previous
year while total food sales increased only 1.6 percent.
Valdosta Locally Grown is an online farmers market being formed to bring
consumers together with small farms, gardeners, and food producers located
around Valdosta , Georgia, all carrying the common thread of dedication
to community, environment, health and education.
We hope to be operating by the early spring harvest season.
They are working on a
Their primary instigator is Tom Kuettner, whom you can see here
at the Hahira Farmers Market:
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