One week from today I take my local foods show on the road. I love to talk about local food, local food systems and the need for sustainability in our food network.
Did you know that if trucks couldn't get into North Dakota, most grocery stores would only have enough food for three days?
I'll be on my soapbox on Saturday at the Women's Showcase in Fargo. As my colleague and I were discussing our talk, we knew we didn't want to pull any punches. But at the same time..."How far is too far?" Should we show them the video of chicken nugget production? Should we talk about high fructose corn syrup?
I hate the fact that the USDA and their cohorts have painted the local foods picture as "cute". "Come, everybody, let's buy a tomato at the farmers market this week!" Local food sustainability isn't cute, it's vital. But it's a wonder of modern science that we can buy tomatoes in the grocery store in January! Right? WRONG. On so many levels.
So I'm torn, what do I say? How much do I say? And, most importantly, will they listen before it's too late?