From the Houston Chronicle:
A more robust infrastructure of support for family farms will have other positive ripple effects. Profitable family farms will ensure that some of the remaining beautiful, lush farmlands in our area are preserved, rather than carved up into shopping centers and subdivisions. Keeping land as farmland benefits this generation and generations to come.
In addition, buying local is better for our environment. A high percentage of the fossil fuels used in the global food system goes to packaging, transporting and marketing. Buying local reduces our dependence on fossil fuels. Moreover local foods need less processing since products don't need to be shipped so far.
The drought in California is starting to have an impact on the availability of fresh produce, and expanding local production would enhance food security. In addition, our country remains a net importer of fresh vegetables, according to the USDA. Mexico and Canada are the largest suppliers and fresh vegetable imports from both countries increased in 2014. There's nothing more secure than homegrown.
When consumers buy directly from a local farm, the farmer receives a larger portion of the food dollar. By buying food grown in Texas, we keep our money in Texas and help provide good-paying jobs for Texans. This public/private partnership is a delicious and nutritious win/win.
Here's Honi's letter to the editor:
Buying from local farms has even more benefits than stated in Saturday's editorial. Locally grown animals, eggs and plants use the same air and water that we do and are seasonal, promoting the strength of their Omega 3's, vitamins, and mineral content, also discouraging allergic reactions. Most local farmers are chemical free keeping our air and water safer. Plus, the products haven't been stored for weeks or months, which increases food safety. Best of all, many farmers home deliver. Do you know where your food comes from? Who's your farmer?