The Rise of the Local Food Movement

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Small-scale farmers are the backbone of the local food movement. (Photo credit: Thomas Barwick/Getty Images)

Eating locally is growing in popularity across the United States. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the growth in popularity resulted in profits of $4.8 billion for the local food industry in 2008. These profits include both direct-to-consumer and intermediated sales, such as through a restaurant or grocery store. Small farms accounted for 81 percent of these sales. A farm is considered “small” if it grosses less than $50,000 annually in sales. [Read more…]

Why Save Our Past?

Highland cattle, a breed which originated in the Scottish Highlands, is the oldest registered breed in the United States. (Photo credit: Photodisc/Getty Images)

A hundred years ago or so, there was plenty of variety in agriculture. Worldwide, farmers raised thousands of different animal breeds and grew just as many varieties of plants. As farms grew bigger and became more industrialized, however, fewer and fewer species were used as crops and livestock. [Read more…]