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The idea is to ultimately build a map that shows where, along the nation’s East Coast, people would have the opportunity to buy locally produced food — and where they wouldn’t. After all, between 2002 and 2007, some 911,000 acres of farmland along the Eastern Seaboard was taken out of agricultural production to make way for housing, shops and other development.
The reasons for supporting local are many. (and I’m probably preaching to the choir here); fresher food, supporting local communities and rural ag development, less dependence on foreign food supplies, less volatility due to fluctuating fuel (transportation) costs. Not to mention the more intangible support of quality of life through keeping agriculture more local. I even heard a historical theory recently that the demise of most great civilizations was precipitated by massive urbanization and loss of the ability to be self sufficient in producing food.
One more encouraging sign out of Obama’s ag administration.