April 12th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Making fresh local food more accessible to consumers and lucrative farmers is the goal of the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, introduced to Congress this week by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine).
Read More:Senators Introduce Generous Bill: Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act of 2013
January 5th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
A new report finds that as many as 46 percent of U.S. shoppers regularly seek out local, organic food and are willing to pay more for these food options as well.
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June 15th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Louisiana’s legislature is considering a bill that would offer financial rewards to area restaurants that use locally grown fruits and vegetables in their menu items.
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July 13th, 2009 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
Eating locally produced food has advantages. It helps the environment, such as no transporting food across long distances and burning up fuel.
It’s great for the economy too. Local growers and businesses get eager customers, ready to snap of homegrown goodies.
And this Fourth of July, Kitchen Gardeners International, the folks who led the efforts to plant a garden on the White House lawn, encouraged governors from all 50 states to declare their food independence and eat more local food.
A spokesperson for the group said buying food grown close to home helps cut the United States’ dependence on foreign producers and growers.
Here’s an example. Most of the garlic used in the U.S. is grown in China. So buying local garlic might encourage more domestic farmers to grow it and eventually drop our dependence on Chinese garlic.
Lucky for me, I just got some organic garlic from my CSA.
And local food tastes better. One expert says most tomatoes in the United States are picked green and are not bred for flavor or nutrient quality, but rather for uniform shape and color. That’s why I grow my own giant tomatoes!
Via Eat, Drink and Be Healthy.
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June 3rd, 2009 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
Last year, a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Gurnee, Illinois opened up with a wind turbine, recycled building materials and LEED lighting.
And now, in a company-wide green initiative, Chipotle has increased its local produce program by 10%.
Currently, Chipotle purchases at least 35% of bulk produce for all restaurants from local farmers. Stuff like lettuce, green bell peppers, jalapenos and onions.
Chipotle has more than 25 local farms in its network, serving nearly 900 restaurants nationwide.
Now, Frito-Lay claims its potatoes are local too, but the jury is still out on the artificial flavorings.
Read More:Chipotle Pumps Up Local Produce Program