If truck and plane deliveries ceased, Los Angeles would run out of food in just three days.
On the flip side, if the Detroit area got just 20 percent of its fresh food from local sources, it would create 40,000 jobs.
Wow. This according to a piece in Project for Public Spaces.
I certainly agree with this statement in the piece: "Reinvigorating local economies is central to maintaining prosperity in our communities."
But I don't agree with this: "Indeed, the recent explosion of popularity for public markets and farmers markets is a sure sign of people’s understanding that security depends on regaining control of their lives, communities and local economies."
I think the trend is just that at this point, a trend. Sure, there's been a farmers market boom and more and more people are buying local and signing up for CSAs. But it's still just the beginning. There's not yet been a tipping point in which a large segment of the public really understands that their security hinges on reinvigorating a local food supply.
As much as I'd like that to be true, we're just not there yet.