Local Food and Commercial Food
Where does your food come from, what is in it, how is it treated before you get it?
My definition of a food chain:
The steps required to convert sunlight into food and transport it to market.
Here is my attempt to sequentially compare the local and commercial food chain. I’ve included some elements to increase perspective.
|Local Produce||Commercial Produce|
|Local farm||Business farm|
|Organic dirt||Manufactured dirt|
|Varieties of plants, Heritage seeds||One type plant, manufactured seeds|
|Natural growing||Chemical growing, additives|
|Replenishes nature||Pollutes and destroys nature|
|Picked when ripe||Picked before ripe|
|Local markets 10-100 miles||Distant markets 500-1500 miles|
|Local distribution promotes less oil abuse||Excessive distance promotes more oil drilling|
|1-2 days old||2-6 weeks old|
|No treatment, natural||Treated during shipment to look ripe|
|No delay to market||Trucked and Warehoused|
|No delay to market||Grocery store handles & stores|
|Looks natural, some defects, character||Looks good|
|No additives||Lots of additives|
|High food value||Low food value|
|Tastes good||Tasteless or little taste|
|Keeps long||Ages quickly|
|Health benefits||Unhealthy after effects|
|Promotes better local health||Promotes poorer local health|
|Price is average to somewhat higher||Price is average|
|Can know your food producer||Cannot know your food producer|
|Local bond creates trust||Distance creates mistrust and low accountability|
|Helps local economy||Helps remote economy|
|Supports availability of more local food||Supports disconnected corporate behavior|
|Promotes better stewardship of earth||Promotes poor stewardship of earth|
Vote to improve our planet with your food dollar. Buy Local!