Unformatted text preview: your local farmers market. Nutritional value declines as time passes after harvest. Because locally grown produce is freshest, it is more nutritionally complete. They worry about residues of pesticides and fungicides. These materials are not permitted in an organic production system either before or after harvest. Organic farmers selling locally are not limited to the few varieties that are bred for long distance shipping, high yields, and shelf life. Often they raise and sell wonderful unusual varieties you will never find on supermarket shelves. Locally grown organic foods are seen clearly for the value they are, even if they cost a few pennies more. By eating locally, like Mason and Singer argue, the local economies of every state can be stimulated when people buy food that is grown close to their homes....
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- Spring '08
- Local food, local economy, Eric Slover