What we eat and where our food comes from have changed dramatically over the last century. The large corporations that produce, process, and distribute the vast majority of our foods aim to produce as much food as they can for the lowest possible cost regardless of the consequences to our health or to the health of the environment. Agribusiness regularly wastes enormous quantities of resources, creates pollution, raises animals under unsanitary and inhuman conditions, produces inadequately tested genetically modified foods, and heavily advertises the most processed, least healthful foods.
In response, many of us are turning to locally grown, often organic foods. Some of us are growing our own food, shopping at local farmers' markets, or joining community-supported agriculture (CSA) groups, which allow members to pay a yearly fee to support a farm in exchange for a weekly share of fruits, vegetables, and other farm products.
Choosing foods that are locally grown and organic is beneficial for all: we get fresh, nutritious food, and our food dollars support environmentally sustainable farming practices, local farmers, and the local economy.