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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Let's Discuss -- Supporting The Washington, DC Foodshed

Here's an article about a group of students from Columbia University discussing a "foodshed"  with a planner from a nearby rural county. The article doesn't really say what a foodshed is, but here's a definition I found on line.

I find it a little disconcerting to find strawberries and asparagus in the grocery store all year long. I can't say that the quality of that food is good, not to mention the energy and global warming issues. Don't get me wrong, I'm not above buying it sometimes -- who doesn't want strawberries on Valentine's Day. But I like to support local farmers and fishermen/women, which isn't always easy particularly with the farmers. They live there and I live here and they pretty much disappear when the farmers' markets close.

It seems to me that if the "locally grown food movement" is going to grow, it has to become easier. I'm happy to see the grocery stores touting locally grown food. Of course at this time of year you don't see much of it. I'm wondering, what percentage of the average shopper's fresh food purchase -- produce, meat, eggs, dairy -- is grown within a 100-mile radius of their city. It would be a  good survey. I'd like to see the food section of the Washington Post take it on.

Anyway, I'd like to get your thoughts and comments on the local food movement. Is it worth the inconvenience and expense? Is there a way to make it more acceptable to you and others? What are your thoughts on how foodies, bloggers, grocers and shoppers can best support it? Should government be involved? Post your comments.

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