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Chris Whitaker

United We Stand.

We—Maria, Noah, Adam and I—are united in bringing forth the Local Food Movement. Our calling has deep roots. Maria grew up on a farm in northern Nicaragua where her father grew sorghum, corn, yuca, squash, watermelon and five varieties of beans. Her family farm included chickens and a milk cow (named Cola Blanca, “White Tail” in English). Native fruits and berries showered the farm providing an abundance of guyavas, nancites, jocote (to name just a few). Her experience growing up surrounded by the generative power of nature, with a diversity of plant and animal life, has blessed her with a...

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Chris Whitaker

The Local Food Movement: A Revolution or a Fad?

Is “local” the latest food fad? Or is it here to stay? “Local” is now a popular marketing tool for major players in the retail food industry. Much like “organic”, the term reflects a growing customer demand, as we see “local product” shelf headers in more and more grocery stores.     At the same time, research shows the Local Food Movement has travelled too far to be dismissed as simply a marketing fad. Why? Too many people are part of this emerging movement; more importantly, many see “local food” as a necessity as we transition to an ecologically sustainable...

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