Some days it seems like the greatest uprising of a generation is taking place. Citizens of the world are witnessing and shaping a massive, transformative disruption of the global food system. Even in light of the monopoly of seed and food production by the Big 6, what Monsanto and others can’t seem to affect is the human need to participate in their own survival with creativity and imagination…enter regional foodsheds.
That human drive has fueled more than 3,000 new farmer’s markets in the United States over the last five years. The dollar value increased from an estimated $1 billion in 2005 to nearly $7 billion last year over the same time period according to industry estimates. For nearby businesses in major cities across the U.S., having a local farmers market means an average increase in sales of anywhere from $19,000 to $15 million, according to a Marketumbrella research paper published in 2012.
Markets notwithstanding, the growing demand for healthy, fresh food suggests we’re upending the traditional model for how we feed ourselves and our families. With the growth of farmer’s markets, farm-to-table restaurants, local food buying clubs, farm to school initiatives, small batch food producers, No-GMO initiatives, my bet is the local food movement is here to stay. Your thoughts?