Unfortunately, there is a growing trend among U.S. Consumers spending less of their income on food than ever before. Furthermore, farmers are continuing to get less and less of the consumer food dollar and are going out of business at alarming rates. So what can local consumers do???
- Buying food directly from local farmers reduces the portion of your food dollar going to corporate agribusiness and ensures that farmers get their fair share of your food dollar.
- Local farmers will reinvest more of your food dollar in your region. Buying local food increases the circulation of your food dollars locally, in effect "creating" money and economic prosperity in your region.
- Buying local products ensures that farm workers and producers elsewhere get a decent wage and enjoy safe living and working conditions.
Fortunately, for the Central Piedmont region of North Carolina, the local food movement is alive and well! Farmers, restaurants, businesses and institutions in our area are increasingly responding to consumer demand for local foods and making every effort to provide local foods. Below are just a few links to examples of what's happening on the local food movement front in our region:
- North Carolina 10% Campaign http://www.ncsu.edu/project/nc10percent/index.php
- Foothills Fresh http://www.foothillsfresh.com/
- Know Your Farms CSA http://knowyourfarms.com/j/
- Harvest Moon Grille http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxse3mnwvNI
- Grateful Growers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpuIqZCawRQ
- Simply Local http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUI617IMrJk&feature=player_embedded
- Farm to Fork Part One http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqQdSd4trj0
- Farm to Fork Part Two http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAkXY3ivtNc