We want to encourage a broad community conversation about food in the city. So every week until our Food in the City conference (May 25-26, 2012) we are going to offer up a “juicy” question about food and agriculture.
Last week we touched on the local food economy. We wanted to see what work and business opportunities in local food our readers would be interested in pursuing. We’re going to push a little deeper this week and explore the extent to which we’re willing and/or able to walk the talk when it comes to buying local food.
One of the common challenges we face in our daily lives is to find a balance between what we believe is ideally important and valuable, and what is achievable within our abilities, time and income.
As we have seen in previous posts, when it comes to food, many say the importance of making the local food choice is critical. For more and more people, local food is becoming increasingly valued.
We may choose to buy local food based on our values, but many of us will need to make trade-offs either in our budgets or in the time and effort it takes to get to local markets where local food is available. How big a priority is local food for us, and what do we have to give up in order to make local food the priority we say it is? Can we walk the talk?
So, our question to you this week is: Are you able and willing to pay the cost to buy local? What are you prepared to do, what changes do you need to make in your life to make the purchase of local food a top priority?
Join the conversation, post your comments, and share what you are thinking with others!