Fascinating article which brings up the question for me – when makes local. I’m happy if something is from the Northeast and I know some of the farmers at the market frive 4 hours to get here – yet I still conidier that local. Thoughts? Where do you draw the local line?
Do you ever wonder how many vendors at your local farmers market are really local?
Cameron Reed did. So she mapped them for a school project. As she expected, the vast majority — more than 80 percent — did indeed come from within 100 miles, but Reed was surprised to find that a wide mix of products were grown and produced even closer to home — within 50 miles of where she lived.
An updated version of the map Reed made will appear in an upcoming collection called Food: An Atlas, which will chart the world of food in some of its most inspiring and somber dimensions — from food production, distribution, and food security to cuisine. Like many of those behind the atlas, Reed hopes to inspire people to think more closely about the origins of their food.
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