Dec 24, 2011

10 reasons for Local Food

Select Nova Scotia gives relevant & concise 10 reasons for Local Food although some are more controversial. If you ask me, it's a no-brainer to pick up #1. Delicious as the best benefit, which is absolutely related to our well-being.

However, what should be paid attention to in the list is that a half of them are socio-cultural reasons: #4. Be Social, #5. Get in Touch with the Seasons, #6. Explore Your Own Backyard, #7. Try Something New and #9. Create Family Memories.

In spite of, probably because of, this digital era, we still need and put much value on physical connection and experience. Of course, I will also keep interested in how agriculture can become more environmentally friendly. However, to be effective, local food discussion should be done in the taste & socio-cultural contexts, which are already aiming at huge ambition.

Dec 20, 2011

A Smell of Communism

Although I'm an advocate of Local food and believe it as a better distribution of fresh produces than others, I can't help doubting CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is the system to implement it.

According to Wikipedia, CSA aims at "the production of high quality foods for a local community". This is absolutely great, which makes two of us. However, it is structured with a common-pricing system and ‘shared risk and reward’ agreement, with which I feel uncomfortable. It just reminds me of the failure of communism: hopelessly little innovation and faulty justification of misfortune.

Simply, why doesn't it just stick to a basic free market system? What can give agriculture such a special position in the whole economy? Especially under the predominant trend of getting more health- & environment-conscious, the original aim "the production of high quality foods for a local community" could just work better with a simple but very strong competitive advantage - vicinity.

Dec 19, 2011

Local Food is in the Vicinity

Local food and sustainable agriculture tend to be discussed together in a same context. However, they are different in a number of ways. Local food is, in essence, about physical distance between producers & consumers while sustainability is a broader concept and often cares about the natural environment as well as animal welfare and economical viability.

Food is one of the most fundamental, complicated and controversial issues; therefore, let's make it simple in order to avoid unnecessary misleading. If you ask me, I'm happy to begin with 'distance'. The closer the fresher & tastier most of the time. It's that simple.

Of course, I hope to work on other food & environmental issues too in the future. But, so far, this is a good starting point for me to tackle them. We want to enjoy tastier vegetable & fruits with righteousness and less hassle, don't we?