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The Importance of Local Food Production

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Most food is produced hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles from where it is consumed requiring significant energy consumption for handling, transportation and storage and resulting in significant food waste from spoilage during its journey. According to a recent study published in the Public Library of Science, 40% of food is wasted in the U.S. That figure measures waste occurring throughout the entire food system starting at the farm and ending at what ends up thrown away as plate scrapings by all of us. Not only is that a huge amount of waste – a tremendous amount of energy, soil fertility and water is squandered.

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