Save Our Farmland

In honor of National Farmers Market Week, let’s consider another reason to support local farms.  Farmland.  Big, wide-open beautiful farmland.

California Farm

With just a handful of corporate factory farms controlling our nation’s food supply the viability of the local family farm is slipping.  We could talk for days about the negatives of these large mechanized corporate “farms” but I’d rather focus on the positives of the local farm.  Besides… if you want to learn more about the serious pitfalls of factory farming you can watch a free screening of Food, Inc. tonight at the Torrance Public Library.

According to the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture*, the number of farms in the U.S. dropped from 7 million in 1930 to 2 million in 2000.  Seventy-five percent of the nation’s farm ouput is produced by just 3 percent of those 2 million farms!

Here are three reasons to protect our local farm and ranch land:

1.  Local Economy

What is one of the things we all must do?  Eat.  According to The American Farmland Trust, the U.S. food and farming system contributes nearly $1 trillion to our economy.  Why not support your local farms who, in turn, will continue support the local economy.

2.  Environmental Protection

Farm land provides food and cover for wildlife and maintains air quality.  Farm land also helps control flooding and can absorb and filter wastewater and provide groundwater recharge.  Unlike factory farming, which creates a tremendous amount of water and air pollution, our local sustainable open-space farms are good for the environment.

3.  Quality of Life

Farms close to our cities protect our local scenic landscapes and provide the beautiful bounty for our farmers’ markets.  Large, flat, open farm space is extremely desirable for new developments.  If our local farms are struggling, they will be more receptive to offers from development companies than if they were thriving.   “Poof”, open space gone.  Protecting farmland helps to ensure that these green spaces are not replaced by new developments.

More Information

To learn more about why it is important to save farmland visit the American Farmland Trust website.  The American Farmland Trust is committed to protecting the nation’s farm and rand land.  As they say, “No Farms, No Food”.  Without local farms and farmland, there is no local food.

Free Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter our drawing to win a FREE Clothesnik – the 100% cotton reusable dry-cleaning garment bag.  Just leave a comment here telling us how you are celebrating National Farmers Market Week and you will be automatically entered to win!  The drawing will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2010.

*“Agriculture since the Industrial Revolution.” Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. Ed. Solomon H. Katz. Vol. 1. Gale Cengage, 2003. eNotes.com. 2006. 23 Jun, 2009. http://www.enotes.com/food-encyclopedia/agriculture- since-industrial-revolution.

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