Local food supporters make pitch for more support - The Packer

Local food supporters make pitch for more support

03/08/2012 10:54:00 AM
Tom Karst

“How do you put back the aggregation and processing points that have eroded severely for decades if you are going to meet this new consumer demand?” he said.

With a projected cost of about $600 million over five years above the current baseline spending in the farm bill, Hoefner said the Senate legislation is designed to fit into the next the 2012 farm bill.

“It is certainly less than half of 1% of the total spending for farmers.”

Hoefner said the legislation seeks to bring technology that would give farmers markets the ability to accept electronic benefits from participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (food stamp) program.

The Local Farms and Food Act would authorize the USDA’s Risk Management Association to develop a whole farm revenue insurance product for diversified operations, including specialty crops operations.

Guenther said United Fresh is looking at the issue of crop insurance and what products may need to be changed or added to the mix.

“We don’t want to have Congress writing legislation that would encourage the proliferation of products that may be market-distorting,” Guenther said. “That’s one of our biggest concerns right now.”


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Garry Taylor    
New Zealand  |  March, 12, 2012 at 01:57 AM

This is clearly an issue that few are taking seriously. The International Culinary Tourism Association [culinarytourism.org] currently has a campaign to raise awareness on this very issue. Evidence points to chains absorbing the local and independents custom. Locals are more likely to employ local people and are more likely to support local produce producers. They are also likely to serve food more unique and memorable to that area. Sadly at the moment it seems the small food and drink businesses do not realize the situation going by the campaign that is. http://www.indiegogo.com/foodtrekker

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