(The photo above is me at my local farmer’s market. A post about what I bought is coming soon)
There are a variety of reasons to shop at your local farmer’s market.
Farmer’s Markets give a community the ability to track where their food comes from, better tasting food and healthier/organic food. Farmer’s market may also provide plants so that you can grow your own food.
But did you know that by shopping at your local farmer’s market you are participating in a “food revolution”?
I’ve been doing a lot of research about healthy eating lately. I’ve been to many farmer’s markets because of my desire to eat healthier and support a self-sustaining lifestyle. I came across a very interesting documentary titled “Food Fight: Revolution Never Tasted So Good!” by Chris Taylor (available on Netflix). This documentary details the efforts of Berkeley students and residents who, in anti-war sentiment, wanted to boycott Monsanto, DuPont and Dow. These companies were simultaneously responsible for insecticide production for US farms and aiding in the Vietnam War efforts. In order to get fresher, healthier food and protest the war, a small group of people decided to grow, eat and share their own local food. This brought on the Organic Food Movement and the advent of Farmer’s Markets.
Today the Food Revolution, helps to sustain local agriculture and smaller farms. In order to make food more affordable, the government found a way to build Super Farms that increase production of produce at lower costs. Lowering prices is beneficial for the consumer, but extensive use of harmful insecticides and growth hormones have the potential to negatively impact human health and the environment. Thus, shopping at your local farmer’s market helps your local economy and helps to make a healthier you.
Unfortunately, many urban communities do not have access to these Farmer’s Markets. There have been many programs to help bring local agriculture to cities and schools to increase access to fresh food. Growing Power is an example of one of these programs in Chicago. Programs like Growing Power show that the food revolution is intended for everyone. With the right resources and funding, organic food programs can help promote sustainable environments in every community.
So the next time you are riding around town shopping for food, consider your local farmer’s market. Your time and money will aid for a stronger local economy and healthier community.
“Food Fight: Revolution Never Tasted So Good” by Chris Taylor