Food Miles: How Far Does Your Food Travel?
Chicken nuggets have become an American favorite with adults and children alike. Tyson Foods, Cargill Meat Solutions, and Perdue Farms are responsible for half the chicken production in the United States, primarily using contract farming. In 2007, Georgia alone produced 204,868,242 million chickens.1 It stands to reason, then, that if you’re in Georgia—say, in one of its top chicken producing counties, Franklin—you would expect that the chicken nuggets you eat there would be locally sourced.…
A Homegrown Approach to Fighting Hunger
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, nearly 50 million Americans simply do not have enough to eat. Before you dismiss the phrase “50 million” as just another, incomprehensible number, consider it this way: if you add together the populations of Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia—nearly half of the…
Community Supported Agriculture: What It Is and Why You Might Be Interested
Whether you’re looking for ways to incorporate more vegetables into your cuisine, or if you’re committed to decreasing your ecological footprint, or simply exploring new ways of engaging with your community, joining a CSA—which stands for “community supported agriculture”—might be for you. Through a CSA, a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. As a consumer, you can purchase a share (aka membership) and receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce,…