The U.S. is a land of abundance. Such abundance, in fact, that somewhere between 31 and 40 percent of food goes to waste. And yet by 2013 figures, almost 50 million Americans lived in food-insecure households, and starvation is still happening in developing countries.
Clearly, there’s a distribution problem here. And, since food travels an estimated 1,500 miles, on average, to the consumer’s table, it’s not a transportation-distribution issue.
That said, some of the best solutions to avoiding food waste and getting that food to the people that need it have been localized solutions. For example, the mayor of Galdakao, a small town near Bilbao in Spain’s Basque country [...]
Farmers markets are the way of the future. Paying the oil companies to transport our food across the country is neither healthy nor sustainable. Locally grown foods help our community in many ways. They allow us to shop with our family and discover the fruits and vegetables that are local to our area.
In this video, I toured the Santa Monica Farmers Market with Dr. Jason Deyo. We got to try produce from various vendors and really enjoyed being out there with these wonderful people. It is important to talk with the person who grows your food. We don’t get that in the supermarket. True, it may take a bit more time to peruse the market amongst all the signs and banners, but it is [...]