Over the last decade, the sustainable food movement has brought much needed attention to U.S. agricultural policy and how it influences which foods Americans grow, buy, and consume. From chefs and policy wonks to teachers and bloggers, everyone interested in food has an opinion on subsidies and how to craft the 2012 Farm Bill. One of the most common focuses is moving subsidies away from commodities like corn and soy, which are used to make junk food and factory farmed meat, to fruit and vegetable production. This simple fix misses the bigger picture — the consolidation and the inability of diversified farms to compete in our industrialized food system.
Farmers’ Markets, Farm Stands, Flowers, and Fond FarewellsHave you visited a farmers’ market this summer? Here’s our list of markets in Hastings