Farming in America is at a turning point. Rapidly rising global food demand, spiking food and fuel prices, and the ever-present threat of development are pressuring our farmers to squeeze the most out of their land.
We can support struggling farmers by buying locally. We must also support efforts to protect the farms that supply local foods. According to American Farmland Trust, we’re losing 2 acres of farmland to development every minute. The farms and ranches that supply local markets—those closest to urban centers—are the most at risk.
I encourage community members to support local farms by purchasing their products at farmers’ markets, grocery stores, restaurants and through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions if available. With our combined buying power, we can help keep agriculture viable in our community to continue providing the delicious foods, economic benefits and improved environmental quality we’ve all come to enjoy.
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