[Market-farming] Local Food

robert schuler sunnfarm at bellatlantic.net
Sat Oct 25 10:06:40 EDT 2003


The Cornucopia Project was an early attempt by Rodale about 25 years ago to re
establish local dominance to food production, The idea was attacked and
defeated by big western agriculture which stood to be the biggest looser.Bob.
Sunny Meadow Farm
Bridgeton, NJ.

Allan Balliett wrote:

> >While I agree with this, many "organic" farmers are no longer certified.
> >One of their last marketing opportunities is to push "Buy Local" which is
> >much easier to sell than "buy local organic".  For whatever reason, people
> >seem to be more sympathetic to the transportation/fossil fuel debate than
> >the organic one.  At least they are around here.
>
> I don't think we organic movement farmers need to let ourselves be
> defined by the federal government, especially not if it means
> promoting conventional farms in the process.
>
> As well as educating the public on "buying local' I feel we need to
> educate them on 'authentic food' as Eliot Coleman did on this list a
> while back. We also need to talk about ecological  sustainable
> farming and what it does to clean the air and to promote
> biodiversity, especially songbird populations, in the neighborhood.
>
> The biggest thing we need to do is to find affordable ways of
> substantiating the nutritional value of our food so we are no longer
> demeaned by this 'a peach is a peach is a peach' pricing. If
> propertly done, biological farming produces a product with
> substantial more nutrition and taste than local conventional growers
> can ever hope to do. We can win out on taste, as Scott Crandall has
> does with tomatoes at the San Francisco farmers mareket, but that
> proof of nutritional density remains outside of our grasp. (due to
> the expense of testing).
>
> -Allan
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