Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mapping scarcity in a land of plenty

In this summer's issue of Edible Finger Lakes, I explore the paradox of plenty here in the Finger Lakes: we are surrounded by farmland, but not everyone has access to or interest in local food.

"The Finger Lakes region produces an amazing array and quantity of food on more than 2 million acres of farmland. Common staples, cutting-edge varietals and rediscovered heirlooms sprout from the landscape. With so much abundant fresh local produce, some might assume that we all enjoy full bellies and excellent health.

But that’s not necessarily the case. How healthy food gets from the field to the table—or doesn’t—is a complicated issue. Our agricultural bounty is just one piece of the puzzle.

What is a healthy diet? Do we have an accessible supply of healthy foods here? Can we afford those foods? Do we buy them?"

Read the rest of the article here.

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