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Local Food A Sustainable Choice
WHERE DOES YOUR FOOD COME FROM? The Grocery Store? A Box? A Bag? Grown or raised by farmers from the soil, the land, and living animals
Ag in Southeastern Mass Including Bristol, Barnstable, Plymouth, and Norfolk Counties 2,329 farms stewarding over 105,000 acres of land. Market value of ag products sold = $154 Million Value of direct sales to consumers = $5 Million Mass is #2 in Nation for Direct Sales – Farm to Consumer
When is food available locally? Generally, the season runs from June through October Vegetannual Harvest Calendar
What is Sustainable Agriculture? – Satisfy human food & fiber needs – Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends – Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources
Sustain the economic viability of farm operations Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole
3BL – Triple Bottom Line – 3 Legs of the Sustainability Stool – PEOPLE: Social Equity & Well Being – PLANET: Environmental Health/Protection/ Conservation – PROFIT: Economic Prosperity & Continuity
Industrial Farming/Agribusiness vs. Smaller Family Owned Farms – Massachusetts Farms… Extensive use of pesticides and fertilizers vs. none, moderate, minimal – access to the grower to ask what is used on the crops, safer for farmers/labor External energy inputs – uses more vs. less energy usage, perhaps more likely to utilize EE/RE Cheap labor vs. Few workers, just family, getting paid more/a living wage
Confined and concentrated systems in terms of livestock vs. Free range, grass fed, few animals, little or no use of antibiotics – access to farmer to ask or see what conditions were kept in Bottom Line vs. Triple Bottom Line
Why Eat Local? – HEALTH – ENVIRONMENT – LOCAL ECONOMY
HEALTH Locally grown produce is fresher, has longer to ripen Just plain tastes better & If it tastes better you will WANT to eat it!!! Spend $ on healthy food to stay healthy now – instead of $ on healthcare because youre not healthy later
Stay in touch with the seasons & get to know your neighbors – a connected person is a happy person, is a healthy person! Access to the farm/farmers/growers – you can get connected to where your food comes from Buying Whole Foods (unprocessed) then you need to cook = family dinners! = healthy, happy, connected families!
ENVIRONMENT Travels less Maintain soil nutrients, crop varieties, rotation, grazing Open space – keep farmers farming Maintain our foodshed
ECONOMY Money spent locally stays local and grows exponentially – Local farmers, growers, producers put the money back into the local economy – And so it grows…
Where? – On-line Farm Guide – – Farmers Markets – Farm Stands – CSA/Fs – Local & Independent Grocery Stores – Restaurants & Bakeries – Schools…working on it… – Caterers & Private Chefs – Your Own Backyard! GROW YOUR OWN!
How? – 10% Challenge – Localize Your Favorite Recipes! – Cook with the Harvest Calendar – Farm tours – Family Dinners - - A DAY TO EAT DINNER WITH YOUR CHILDREN – Monday, September 26, 2011
Local is a State of Mind
Local Food is a Sustainable Choice Bridget Alexander Ferreira, Esq. Executive Director Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership, Inc.