Localize food sources to address human health, agricultural pollution, food apartheid, climate change, and cultural and biological diversity.
Localization reconnects families and communities with nutritious, fair, regenerative, and regionally produced food. For centuries, diverse seasonal crops were grown sustainably to be shared and consumed locally. Industrialism overthrew these local and regional food systems in favor of mass-produced monocultures that are traded and consumed globally. A movement is underway to relocalize our food. People are joining for many reasons, but chiefly because no other activity encompasses a greater range of benefits for life, health, soil, water, children, and the planet. Localization includes home and community food gardens, farmers’ markets, in-person and internet-based co-ops, community-supported agriculture (CSA), urban farming, and farm-to-table and pier-to-plate programs for schools and other institutions. Collectively, localization has the potential to transform food systems by supporting regional regenerative agriculture, fairer and shorter supply chains, and local decision-making.