Farm Fresh MarketPlace supports our local food movement with a collaborative effort to build a locally based, self-reliant food economy for more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.
Food has enormous impacts on society and the environment, from production to consumption. Beyond basic nourishment, food touches many segments of daily living, including jobs and the economy, health, land conservation, environmental quality, and community quality of life. People are becoming more aware of how fresh, healthy food is important for a healthy society, and these foods are increasingly accessed from local farmers and food producers. Communities throughout the country are beginning to come together to plan for a healthy food system that supports local farmers and food producers.
Modern agriculture has shifted toward large commercial farming that relies on large amounts of petroleum based inputs, and is subsequently shipped thousands of miles to consumers. Much of the food Americans consume today is highly processed, lacking in nutritional value, yet contains high levels of fat and refined sugar, causing a host of diet-related health problems. Food travels an average of 1500 miles from harvest to table, a distance that is representative of the commercialization and globalization of the food supply and the dearth of knowledge consumers have about how and who is producing, processing, and transporting the food that they eat. At the same time, small and medium sized farms across the country are disappearing at alarming rates. Rural communities once steeped in agricultural traditions continue to lose family farms. Yet an agricultural renaissance has emerged, inspired by farms once again producing food for neighbors and local communities.
North Carolina is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the increased consumer demand for locally produced foods. Agriculture is the backbone of our economy. The state’s climate, soils and coastal resources support production of a wide variety of produce, meats, fish and seafood. In summary, a local food movement is a preference to buy locally produced goods and services rather than those produced by corporatized institutions.
Farm Fresh MarketPlace is proud to work with The Bread Riot in this effort. A local nonprofit, The Bread Riot “cultivates a thriving local economy by facilitating a supply of locally produced food, utilizing sustainable farming practices and focusing on whole-life issues, education, and environmental concern.”