MorganCordanoProfessorShinnEnglish101, Section 100313December 2017Farm to Table: Is It Worth It? There have always been many views asto how people get their food. From how the agriculture industry runs operationsof safety guidelines to choosing how you want to buy and eat your food. TheFarm to Table (or Farm to Fork) movement is not very well known and has onlybeen around since the beginning of the twentieth century.
It is the idea ofsupporting a community in which you buy more locally grown products within a desiredmile radius instead of commercially grown food. Or just the idea of how yourfood gets from the farm to the store/household. This is not only limited topeople eating locally produced food, but also branching out to the ideas ofsupporting or not supporting Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs), or whether ornot organic is healthier and better for the environment. The Farm to Tablemovement is slowly starting to become more and more of a trend supporting thelocal agriculture community. Most people do not think much ofwhere their food comes from or how. However, the idea a buying food locallyrather than commercially, is becoming more and more popular especially more sowithin the United States. Supporting the local community through buying foodfrom local farmers markets, a community supported agriculture (CSA), orstraight from the farm itself is all within the definition of buying locally.
Accordingto the article, Local Food Movement:Should People Attempt to Eat Locally Produced Food? From the Infobasewebsite, some people are so into the locally grown scene that they callthemselves “localvores”, insisting “to eat local food entirely, or almostentirely, for a given period of time.” (LocalFood Movement: Should People Attempt to Eat Locally Produced Food? 1) But with this, it also comes with a debate onwhether or not buying locally is actually worth it. Those “localvores” who areall for the idea of buying locally grown food argue the sides of supporting thelocal food shed, better treatment of animals and crops, and cutting out themiddle man.
The local food shed is a specific area, in which food produced in acertain mile radius outside of that central area is considered to be withinthat food shed. An example being living in a certain part of town and onlybuying locally grown food within a 100-mile radius or so. By supporting thelocal food shed, farmers in rural areas are being guaranteed their livelihood,producing food for the dependent cause. Supporting the local food shed alsomeans helping out the environment, from the same article mentioned above they statethat “Supporters of the local food movement arguethat shipping food around the world harms the environment. Transporting food onlong distances uses large amounts of oil, they charge, which creates pollutionthat contributes to health problems and global warming.” (Local Food Movement: Should People Attempt to Eat Locally ProducedFood?) By cutting out the extra miles of delivering food, its ensuring forless emissions and other harmful substances adding to the environment. As wellas fresher food faster, by cutting out travel time, and time that food is inall the travel air substances. By choosing to buy local, consumers are alsohappier by the produce they purchase.
People become more careful about what is intheir food and how it is grown. With this idea, it helps farmers not have tofocus so much on mass production, using harsh chemicals. But instead havingthem focus on the best way to grow their food. Meaning that treatment ofanimals will be promoted and the way crops are grown will be better. Not onlydo farmers benefit from the business of the local community but the middlemen arecut out. They no longer have to pay extra fees to get their food shipped out,they can just deliver straight to a CSA or a farmer’s market. People opposed to the idea of eatinglocally produced food say that it is impractical, not a good variety, and harmscountries overseas. Without the convenience of just going to a nearby grocerystore, restricting the food you buy to being just local can be hard.
Dependingon certain areas people live in, farming is only so close by, limiting what islocal and what isn’t. When deciding things such as a locally grown diet only,people don’t realize the supply of what can be produced throughout the year.Produce booming in certain parts of the year, and others not so much. Meaningthat there could be a variety of produce in the summer/fall season. But whenthe winter/spring hit, the choices are narrowed down to hardy produce.
Opposedviews say that by purchasing foods locally, it is ultimately harming othercountries, “…the livelihood of many farmers in Africa depends on growingproduce to be shipped abroad. That undercuts wealthy countries’ claims ofwanting to reduce poverty in Africa, they add.” (Local Food Movement: Should People Attempt to Eat Locally ProducedFood?) Other underdeveloped countries depend on the shipment of goods astheir livelihood. When cutting out the transportation of produce andspecifically selling locally, it’s cutting out the global workers who produceand ship the food.