It Takes a Community to Sustain a Local Farm

These days it seems the most popular person to be in the food system is the “local farmer.” Farmers markets are popping up everywhere, and their size and popularity grow all the time. Local food is trendy- even the First Family is in on it. But as anyone who has ever raised grain or livestock can tell you, the farmer is not the only person in the chain of players from her farm to your fork. In addition to producers, your food chain includes processors, distributors or transporters, and retailers. In other words, to have a truly local food system,…

Supermarkets Failing to Adopt Sustainable Seafood Buying Practices: Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Grocery stores across the U.S. are contributing to the demise of global fisheries by stocking shelves with fragile fish varieties and failing to develop sustainable purchasing strategies, according to a new report. Even the grocers that ranked at the top of the heap — such as Whole Foods, Ahold USA and Harris Teeter — failed to score more than four out of 10 possible points in Greenpeace’s Carting Away the Oceans: How Grocery Stores are Emptying the Seas. The report graded 20 of the country’s top supermarket chains on seafood procurement policies, labeling and transparency, support for…